Common name: Indian Privet • Manipuri: চিঙ কুংদো Ching kundo • Nepali: केरी Keri
Botanical name: Ligustrum indicum Family: Oleaceae (Jasmine family)
Synonyms: Ligustrum nepalense
Indian Privet is a shrub to 3 m, or a small tree to 10 m or more, with
dark green, elliptic pointed leaves 2-6 cm long. Tiny creamy-white flowers
are borne in clusters 3-7 cm long. The inflorescences are finely hairy.
Flowers are about 5 mm across, with a short tube and 4 blunt-triangular
petals. Sepal tube is cup-shaped, just about lobed or not lobed at all.
Two stamens which brown anthers prominently peep out of the flowers.
Privet was originally the name for the European semi-evergreen shrub
Ligustrum vulgare, and later also for the more reliably evergreen
Ligustrum ovalifolium (Japanese privet), used extensively for privacy
hedging (hence "privet", private). The term is now used for all members of
the genus Ligustrum. Flowering: June-July.
Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé
|Photographed at Leimaraam, Manipur.|