Woody Salacia
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Woody Salacia
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Woody Salacia • Malayalam: Eakanayakam, Ponkarandi
Botanical name: Salacia fruticosa    Family: Salicaceae (Willow family)

Woody Salacia is a woody climbing shrub, with branchlets looped; young shoots finely velvet-hairy. Leaves are 3.8-7 x 2-4 cm, elliptic-ovate or elliptic-oblong, base rounded or wedge-shaped, tip bluntly tapering, leathery; leaf-stalk about 5 mm long. Flowers are borne in cymes in leaf-axils, on flower-stalks 3-5 mm long. Sepal-cup is 5-lobed, minute; sepals minutely fringed with hairs on margins. Petals are 5, brownish-yellow, about 2 mm across, round, disc fleshy. Stamens are 3, inserted on the inner margin of the disc; filaments broad, curved. Ovary is spherical, minute, partially sunk in the disc, 3-celled. Berry is 2-2.5 cm across, spherical, red, seeds 1-3. Woody Salacia is found in Western Ghats. Flowering: February-May.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in cultivation at FRLHT (TDU) Garden, Bengaluru.

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