Indian Silverberry
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Indian Silverberry
P Native Photo: Muthu Karthick
Common name: Indian Silverberry
Botanical name: Elaeagnus indica    Family: Elaeagnaceae (Silverberry family)

Indian Silverberry is a woody climber, densely covered with silvery scales, thorns in leaf-axils, straight, 1-2 cm long. Leaves are 9-14 x 6-7.5 cm, ovate, tip pointed, hairless above, silvery-white below, nerves 5-7 pairs, indistinct. Flowers are bisexual, in fascicles of 3-6 in leaf-axils, stalked. Flowers are greenish white, 1 cm long, urn-shaped, tepals 4, ovate, fused; stamens 4, filaments free, broadened below, anthers transverse; ovary 1-celled, inferior, ovules solitary, style thread-like, stigma lateral. Berry is 2.6 x 1.2 cm, covered with thickened flower base, reddish, fleshy. Indian Silverberry is native to South India. Flowering: March-June.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg, Vijaysankar Raman Photographed in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu.

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