Ceylon Green Champa
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Ceylon Green Champa
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Ceylon Green Champa, south Indian tail grape • Kannada: ಮನೋರಂಜಿನಿಹೂ ಬಳ್ಳಿ manoranjinihoo balli • Malayalam: മനോരഞ്ജിനി manoranjini • Marathi: रान चाफा ran chapha • Tamil: மனோரஞ்சிதம் manoranjitham • Telugu: మనోరంజితం manoranjitham Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Artabotrys zeylanicus    Family: Annonaceae (Sugar-apple family)

Ceylon Green Champa is a woody climber, with velvet-hairy branchlets. Leaves are oblong-elliptic or lanceshaped, 10-15 cm long, 3.5-7 cm wide, carried on 4 mm long stalk. Leaves are pointed or with tapering blunt tips, hairless. Flowers are covered with brownish velvet-hairs. They are carried on 1.2 cm long velvet-hairy stalks. Sepals are 6 mm long, velvety, as broad as long. Petals are 3-3.7 cm long, inner ones shorter and narrower. Flower limb is flat lanceshaped. Ceylon Green Champa is found in forests of Karnataka, Kerala and Sri Lanka. Flowering: December-January.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed in Yana, Karnataka.

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