South Asian Olax
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South Asian Olax
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: South Asian Olax • Assamese: চেলকনা Chelkana, কপহুৱা Kapahua • Kannada: ಗೋಪುರಕಾಯಿ Gopurakaayi, ಸರಳಿಬಳ್ಳಿ Saraliballi • Malayalam: മന്നൻകോരൻ കൊടി Mannankoran-Kodi • Marathi: कुकुर्बिट Kukurbit • Tamil: வண்டதுளுகு Vandathuluku Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Olax imbricata    Family: Olacaceae (Olax family)
Synonyms: Olax wightiana, Ximenia olacoides

South Asian Olax is a climbing shrub, growing up to 2-6 m tall. Branchlets are brown. Leaf stalks are 5-10 mm long. Leaves are elliptic to ovate- oblong, 5-10 cm long, 2.5-3.5 cm wide, leathery, smooth, base rounded, tip pointed. Inflorescences are usually unbranched, 1.5-2.5 cm. Rachis is zigzagged. The stalk carrying the inflorescence is 3-10 mm. Flower stalks are 1-3 mm. Flowers are white or yellowish, with petals 8-10 mm, 1 entire and 2 2-lobed. Style is up to 1 cm. Fruit is round or obovoid, nearly covered by the persisting sepal cup, 1.5-2 cm in diam. Flowering: April-October.

Identification credit: Neil Soares Photographed in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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