Eastern Dwaba-Berry
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Eastern Dwaba-Berry
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Eastern Dwaba-Berry • Assamese: Meta-bolol-bill
Botanical name: Friesodielsia fornicata    Family: Annonaceae (Sugar-apple family)

Eastern Dwaba-Berry is a woody climbing shrubs with young branches brown woolly. Leaves are lanceshaped or oblong-lanceshaped, rounded at base, tapering at tip, 10-18 x 3-7 cm, hairless and glaucous above, hoary velvet-hairy beneath; leaf-stalks 5-7 mm long. Flowers are borne singly in leaf-axils, carried on flower-stalks 6-10 mm long, brown woolly, bracteate at middle. Sepals are fused at base, ovate-lanceshaped, 5-10 x 4-5 mm, 5-nerved, densely velvet-hairy on the midrib, reddish outside. Petals are greenish to pale yellow; outer larger than the inner, oblong-lanceshaped, 2 - 4 x 0.7 cm, woolly, with prominent midrib; inner ones ovate, pointed, connivent, fused at base, 6 - 8 x 3 - 4 mm slightly velvet-hairy outside. Stamens many, linear, about 1 mm long, flat; connectives round, Oat. Carpels few, oblong, about 1.5 mm long, strigose; style hairless, curved; stigmas subcapitate. Ripe carpels about 10, oblong, apiculate, about 2 cm long, verrucose, velvet-hairy at base and tip, coppery puberulous; stalks very short, stout, velvet-hairy. Seed 1. Eastern Dwaba-Berry is found in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is also found in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Indo-China. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Hollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, Assam.

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