Native to: Aldabra, Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cape Provinces, Comoros, India, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Oman, Rwanda, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe; Introduced into: Mauritius as per POWO;
Common name: Needle Bush, Mistletoe Berrythorn, Azima, Needle Bush, Bee-sting Bush, Sting Bush • Bengali: ত্রিকাংটা জাতি Trikanta-jati • Hindi: Kanta-gur-kamai, Kantagur-kamai • Kannada: ಗಂಜಿ ಮುಳ್ಳು Ganji Mullu, ಬಿಳಿ ಉಪ್ಪಿ ಗಿಡ Bili Uppi Gida, ಉಪ್ಪುಗೋಜೆ Uppu Goje, ಸಕಪತ Sakapat • Malayalam: Yeshenku, Sankukuppi, Essanku • Marathi: सुक्का पाठा Sukkaa paatha, Sukkapat • Sanskrit: कुंडली Kundali, त्र्रिकांटाजात Trikantajata • Tamil: Sugam Cheddi, Sangilai, Sung-elley, Changan-chedi • Telugu: Mundla kampa, Puttu, Tella uppi
The ripe fruit is edible. Leaves are prepared to decoction and consumed as an effective remedy for dysentery. Medicinal plant;  




23122011 BRS 280:

Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. request.
Location: Thuvaipathy Village, Anaikatti, COimbatore Dist.,
Date: 22.12.2011
Habitat: Wild
Habit: Woody climber.

For me the plant looks like Azima tetracantha of Salvadoraceae
(Tamil: Mutchangan):
The ripe fruit is edible. Leaves are prepared to decoction and consumed as an effective remedy for dysentery.
Medicinal plant

Yes, I agree with … id.



Plant for ID SMP1 17 May 2013 Attachments (2).  3 posts by 2 authors.
A shrub. 3-4 feet high.

Spines long 3-4 cm. White translucent fruits can be observed.

Can it be Scutia?

It may be Azima tetracantha of Salvadoraceae.

Thanks … I think you should be right. … had posted similar plant earlier and … and you had confirmed it Azima




Nagamalai 130214 TBN 2014 Feb 4 Azima tetracantha : Attachments (5).  3 posts by 2 authors.

Please identify this plant details of which are as follows:
Date : 13.02.14                                                           
Location :Keelamathikaatinan, Nagamalai hills, Madurai
Altitude :less than 300 ft

Habitat :wild,
Habit :shrub
Height :5 ft
Leaves :as seen; 4 ? thorns at a single node
Flowers :as shown

Fruits :,

Beautiful set of medicinally important plant pictures

Thanks for the appreciation. Are the flowers depicted male or female? I thought that the fruits are bird attracting and planted at my residence. It is not fruiting.




ANDEC22 Please identify this climbing shrub : 10 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (4).
Shrub observed growing around and on an old Banyan tree. forgot to click habit shots.
Srirangapatna, Mysore Road, Karnataka
7th December 2014

Azima tetracantha.

completely new never seen it around here
apparently grown in a medicinal garden, in kerala found one picture that shows a label for this vine with peculiar thorns two almost at 90 deg to the stem…
and some research papers regarding medicinal properties…

Azima tetracantha Lam., dioecious shrub of Salvadoraceae

For me it looks like Azima tetracantha (syn. Monetia barlerioides L’Her.) of Salvadoraceae family. This is a very common plant in plains of Southern Karnataka especially in Mysore Mandya district.


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