Woolly-Fruit Miliusa
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Woolly-Fruit Miliusa
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Woolly-Fruit Miliusa
Botanical name: Miliusa eriocarpa    Family: Annonaceae (Sugar-apple family)

Woolly-Fruit Miliusa is a shrub or small tree, 2-4 m tall, much branched, with branchlets furrowed. Leaves are 4-6 x 2-2.5 cm, ovate, velvet-hairy, tip blunt, base slightly heart-shaped; leaf-stalk to 3 mm, velvet-hairy. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, solitary; flower-stalks velvet-hairy, bracteate; sepals 1-2 mm, broadly ovate, velvet-hairy; outer petals 3-4 mm, velvet-hairy; inner 13 x 7 mm, saccate at base; anthers not concealed by connectives; carpels numerous, 2 mm long, woolly, stigma oblong. Fruitlets are 10 x 8 mm, ovoid, spherical, red. Woolly-Fruit Miliusa is found in South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering and fruiting: All year.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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