Shoebutton Ardisia   
Foto info
Shoebutton Ardisia
ative Photo: Angela Pangkam
Common name: Shoebutton Ardisia, duck's eye, ellliptical-leaf ardisia • Hindi: Bisi • Marathi: Kadna, Katapenga, Bugadi, Dikna, nilbedsi • Tamil: Manipudbam, Kozhikkottai, Narikandam • Malayalam: kaka-njara • Kannada: bodhina gida, shuli, bode, sore • Bengali: Banjam • Oriya: kuti • Nepali: दमाई फल Damaai Phal
Botanical name: Ardisia solanacea    Family: Myrsinaceae (Myrsine family)
Synonyms: Ardisia elliptica, Ardisia humilis

Shoebutton Ardisia is a large, evergreen shurb, growing up to 1.5-4 m tall. Leaves are 10-20 cm long, elliptic to oblanceolate to obovate, entire, tip narrow, with short stalks. Flowers are 1.5-2 cm across, pink or pinkish- white, in axillary, corymb-like racemes, shorter than the leaves, borne at the bases of new shoots. Petals spread outwards, broad, tube very short. Fruit is 7-13 mm in diameter, depressed-round, black with pink juice when ripe, tipped by style base, supported on persistent sepals. Shoebutton Ardisia is a native of moist ravines and forests almost throughout India. It is also found in the Himalayas, at altittudes of 200-1100 m, Kumaun to Sikkim. Sometimes cultivated in gardens for its evergreen habit and showy pink flowers. Flowering: March-August.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Upper Siang distt., Arunahal Pradesh & Dehradoon, Uttarakhand.

• Is this flower misidentified? If yes,