Salacia fruticosa Wall., Numer. List 4223 1831. ;
SW. India as per POWO;
Woody climbing shrubs; branchlets looped; young shoots puberulous. Leaves 3.8 – 7 x 2-4 cm, elliptic-ovate or elliptic-oblong, base rounded or cuneate, apex obtusely acuminate, coriaceous; petiole c. 5 mm long. Cymes axillary; pedicels 3-5 mm long. Calyx 5-lobed, minute; lobes minutely ciliate on margins. Petals 5, brownish-yellow, c. 2 mm across, orbicular. Disc fleshy. Stamens 3, inserted on the inner margin of the disc; filaments broad, curved. Ovary globose, minute, partially sunk in the disc, 3-celled; ovules 2-8 in each cell; style very short; stigma capitate, obscurely 3-lobed. Berry 2-2.5 cm across, globose, red. Seeds 1-3.
Flowering and fruiting: February-May
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, also in the sacred groves and plains
Western Ghats (Endemic)
(From India Biodiversity Portal
Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi)
ID please : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
request the ID
Location: Kannur, Kerala
Salacia species so far in efi
I think this may be the fruit of Salacia fruticosa Heyne ex Lawson. If a single flower of this plant is there, the identification is quite easy.
Supporting Salacia fruiticosa
Salacia fruticosa Wall. ex M.A.Lawson submission AS6 April21: 7 images.
Salacia fruticosa Wall. ex M.A.Lawson
Family – Celastraceae
Salacia fruticosa is a native woody climbing shrub endemic to Western Ghats where it is distributed in Evergreen to Semi Evergreen forest and plains. The species is represented by only single fruiting image on site, please find attached beautiful yellow flowering and plant habit images.
Photographed in cultivation at FRLHT (TDU) Garden, Bengaluru, Karnataka
In April 2021
This appears to be a Salacia sp. [Celastraceae].
I think Salacia fruticosa as per images and details herein.
Yes, it is
Location: Aruvikuzhi , Pathanamthitta, Kerala
Habitat: wild type
Plant habit: tree
Fruit : Reddish orange, oval shaped, multiple seeds in it with yellow colored pulp.
Resembles Crateva sp.,
Yes it’s Crateva, Check with local species
If have any more information, post
The fruit skin was also leathery and the seeds were hard.
Leaves trifoliate ?
It’s different from Crateva,
I agree with … If you need correct identity please post proper images showing habit, foliage, leaves arrangement, flowers if any etc.,
Post a picture showing the arrangement of leaves: digitately trifoliate nature (characteristic of the Crateva species) for confirmation.
Finally found out which was the tree. It is Salacia fruticosa
Yes, it’s matched,…
identification of an unknown plant: 1 image.
location : Aruvikuzhi , pathanamthitta , kerala
fruit found in first week of april. plant size of small tree
Salacia fruticosa as per another thread.
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