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Cadaba trifoliata Wight & Arn. –

In Maharashtra (BSI Flora) mentions only 2 sp. of Cadaba. C. fruticosa and C. linearifolia. They have 4 and 5 stamens respectively.
Your plant shows 8 distinct stamens. Another diff. is your plant is said to be large shrub of 2-3 m. C.fruticosa is a small shrub whereas C. linearifolia is again a 3-5 m small tree.






Binomial Habit Notes References Distribution Common name
(L.) Druce
Straggling Shrub Plains to Dry
Deciduous Forests
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
All districts Kaatagathi,
Cadaba trifoliata (Roxb.)
Wight & Arn.
Shrub Western
Ghats & Eastern Ghats, Dry Evergreen to Dry Deciduous Forests
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983; Matthew, 1983
Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Kanniyakumari, Madurai, Namakkal, Puddukkottai, Salem,
Theni, Tirunelveli, Viluppuram, Virudhunagar  



Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name

Cadaba fruticosa Cleome fruticosa Capparaceae Indian Cadaba


Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 1  By T. Pullaiah, D. Muralidhara Rao, K. Sri Ramamurthy (Description) & Keys- Cadaba fruticosa
Cadaba trifoliata  

Capparaceae and Cleomaceae Fortnight: September 1 to 14 2013: Here is list plants of both these families reported from India.
Members are requested to suggest any addition or deletion please.
Cadaba fruiticosa
Cadaba heterotricha Stocks (syn. of
Cadaba linearifolia (J.Graham) M.R.Almeida )
Cadaba linearifolia (Grah.) Almeida
Cadaba trifoliata Wight & Arn.

An Excursion Flora of Central Tamilnadu, India By K. M. Matthew (1995)- Details with keys-

Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India By B. K. Manjunatha, V. Krishna, T. Pullaiah (2004)- Details-

Cadaba : 1 post by 1 author.

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Cadaba

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

Any comments/ corrections are welcome.



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