Small trees, spines axillary, mostly confined to basal portion. Leaves to 8 x 6 cm, broadly ovate, obtuse or emarginate, base cuneate, crenate, thinly coriaceous, nerves indistinct; petiole to 1 cm. Cymes axillary, clustered, 2.5 cm; bracts 1 mm, ovate; pedicels slender, 3 mm; sepals 1 mm, ovate; petals 3.5 mm, obovate, spreading; stamens 0.8 mm, inserted on disc; ovary 1.5 mm, ovoid; style 0.7 mm, stout; stigma 3-fid, recurved; ovary 3-celled, ovules 2 in each cell. Fruit to 1.5 cm, obovoid, dehiscent, 3-lobed at apex.

Flowering and fruiting: December-March
Dry deciduous forests and scrubjungles 
Peninsular India

 
 

 

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Maytenus ovata from AP : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.
attaching a picture of what i identified as Maytenus ovata, from Andhra Pradesh.


This one we do not know. G. ovata is one of the names we are unfamiliar with.  


(Many places Gymnosporia is treated as synonym of Maytenus; but one comment from … in … post is worth heeding: 
I confirmed this with Ms Jordaan, the authority on the genus Gymnosporia. This is definitely a good species but it should be listed as Gymnosporia puberula M.A.Lawson. It looks very different from Gymnosporia senegalensis. According to a number of studies it is now very clear there is no species of Maytenus in India or anywhere else but South America


 
  
 
References:
The Plant List 2 (Gymnosporia ovata (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) M.A.Lawson as unresolved with Celastrus ovalifolius Steud. as syn.)  

Flora Zambesiaca (Maytenus buchananii (Loes.) Wilczek with Celastrus littoralis A. Chev., Celastrus ndelleensis A. Chev., Gymnosporia buchananii Loes., Maytenus edgari Exell & Mendonça & Maytenus ovata forma pubescens Blakelock as synonyms.)

India Biodiversity Portal  (Maytenus ovata (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) Loes.)
Encyclopaedia of World Medicinal Plants, Volume 1 By T. Pullaiah (Maytenus ovata (Walp.) Loes. syn. Gymnosporia ovata (Wight & Arn.) Lawson  
Handbook of African Medicinal Plants, Second Edition By Maurice M. Iwu (Maytenus buchananii (Loes.) Wilczek with Gymnosporia buchananii Loes. & Maytenus ovata (Walp.) Loes. var. ovata as synonyms)

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