Oval Leaf Gardneria
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Oval Leaf Gardneria
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Oval Leaf Gardneria
Botanical name: Gardneria ovata    Family: Loganiaceae (Logania family)
Synonyms: Gardneria wallichii

Oval Leaf Gardneria is a climbing shrub, to 5 m, hairless except for petals. Branches are gray-brown, round. Leaf-stalk is 1-1.5 cm, leaf blade ovate, narrowly ovate, or elliptic, 8-16 x 3-8 cm, thinly leathery, base broadly wedge-shaped and sometimes narrowing into a wing, tip blunt to pointed, lateral veins 6-8 pairs. Flowers are borne in 3-7-flowered stalked cymes, sometimes grouped along branches in leaf-axils, into conical thyrses. Flower-cluster-stalk is 2-4 cm. Flowers are 4-merous, flower-stalk 0.5-2 cm, 2-bracteolate. Sepals are round, 1.5-2 mm in diameter, fringed with hairs. Flower are yellow to orange, waxy, tube 1-1.5 mm, petals narrowly ovate, 4-5 mm, thick, fleshy, inside papillose-velvet-hairy. Berries are 7-8 mm in diameter, 1- or 2-seeded. Seeds dull gray, round, about 5 mm in diameter, smooth. Flowering: March-June.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

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