Malabar Salacia
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Malabar Salacia
ative Photo: Santhosh Kumar
Common name: Malabar Salacia
Botanical name: Salacia malabarica    Family: Celastraceae (Spike-thorn family)

Malabar Salacia is a climbing shrubs with branchlets faintly spiny. Leaves are opposite, 9-13 x 4.5-7 cm, elliptic-oblong, base wedge-shaped or rounded, tip long-pointed, leathery. Flowers are in axillary fascicles. Flower-stalks are 2-3 cm long, petals greenish yellow, elliptic. Berry is hard, spherical, about 5 cm across. Malabar Salacia is endemic to the moist deciduous forests of Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: February-April.

Identification credit: Santhosh Kumar
Photographed in Thiruvananthapuram distt, Kerala.
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