South Indian Lavang Lata
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South Indian Lavang Lata
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: South Indian Lavang Lata • Malayalam: Kezhakomban-mullu
Botanical name: Luvunga eleutherandra    Family: Rutaceae (Lemon family)

South Indian Lavang Lata is a large thorny climber of the Western Ghats. It is also found on the Balaghat and Ajanta hills of Aurangabad. It is closely related to Lavang Lata. Branches are long, flexuose, set with stout, sharp, woody, often deflexed thorns. Leaves are trifoliate. Leaflets are 3-8 inches long, elliptic, or elliptic oblong. Flowers are white, fragrant, in hairless axillary fascicled racemes. Flowers are up to 1 cm across, shortly stalked; sepal-cup cup-shaped, shallowly 4-lobes. Petals are 4, 8 x 3 mm, oblong; stamens 8, filaments 4 mm long, anthers cleft at base, oblong; style stout. Berry is spherical, about 2 cm in diameter.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Shigekeri, Karnataka.

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