Botanical name: Capparis divaricata Family: Capparaceae (Caper family)
Spreading Caper is a bushy shrub to a small tree, with spreading branches. Bark is very rough, brown, deeply cleft, 1 inch thick. Leaves are linear or elliptic-lanceshaped, 1.5-3 inch long, 0.25-1 inch wide, on short stalks, thick, leathery. Stipular spines are straight. Flowers are yellow- green, 4-6 cm across, on 1.2-2.5 cm long stalks. Sepals are 4, ovate. Petals are oblong, rounded at the tip, velvety. The center has a mass of 3 cm long stamens, characteristic of all capers. Fruit is 2-3 inches in diameter, nearly round, 5-6 ribbed, tubercled. Flowering: February-March.
Identification credit: Satish Phadke
The flower labeled Spreading Caper is ...