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S. India, Sri Lanka as per WCSP;
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Habit- Small trees

Trunk\bark- Trunk with short simple or branched thorns; bark grey, lenticellate; blaze yellowish.
Branchlets- Young branchlets subterete, glabrous.
Leaves- Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; stipule linear, interpetiolar, caducous and leaving scar; petiole ca. 0.8 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 3.5-7.5 x 1.3-3, obovate, apex obtuse to shortly acuminate with blunt tip, base attenuate, margin entire, coriaceous, glabrous beneath; midrib raised above; secondary nerves ca. 6 pairs, domatia present at axils; tertiary nerves obscure.
Flowers- Inflorescence umbel like corymbs, axillary; flowers white-cream; pedicel ca. 0.5 cm long.
Fruit & seed- Berry, globose, with crown of persistent calyx lobes; seeds many.
Trees in dry evergreen to semi-evergreen forests up to 600 m.
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka; in the Western Ghats- throughout.

(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry from India Biodiversity Portal)


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25072017BHAR2 : 6 posts by 4 authors. 1 attachment- 2 MB.

Found in Vandalur Dry evergreen decidious forest. (Near Chennai).

Benkara sp. of Rubiaceae?


It looks Benkara malabarica of Rubiaceae


Benkara malabarica from Rubiaceae.



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Benkara malabarica : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Found in Vandalur.

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ID KANNUR 02/19 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)- around 550 kb each.

Please identify this armed shrub with opposite leaves from a small hill of Kannur district of Kerala. Only fruits are available with 5 calyx lobes at the top. 25/12/19


Could be Rhizophoraceae member,


Benkara malabarica (Rubiaceae).


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ID/APRIL/2020/13 I D of the bush : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)

Please ID the plant.

Photographed in a field.
My ID Benkara malabarica.

Yes it’s, you’re right


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MS/MAY/2020/2/ID – Benkara malabarica : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Please ID the bush.

Photograpged during last year in Chennai.
Suggested ID : Benkara malabarica

Yes it’s Benkara only …


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