Turraea heterophylla Sm., Cycl. 36: no. 6 1817. (syn: Rutaea heterophylla (Sm.) M.Roem.; Rutaea lobata (Lindl.) M.Roem.; Rutaea quercifolia (G.Don) M.Roem.; Turraea graciliflora Schltdl.; Turraea gracilis A.Chev.; Turraea lobata Lindl.; Turraea quercifolia G.Don);
W. Tropical Africa to Angola: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo as per POWO;

07012013 BRS 431: Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. request.
Location: Pichandikulam, Auroville
Date: 20.12.2012
Habitat: Garden
Habit: Shrub

Very interesting plant! Is it a native?
I guess it is a Maerua or Capparis species of Capparaceae. Not sure, though.

Could this be any Celastraceae?

This is probably Turraea heterophylla belongs to Meliaceae. This is an African species and may be a new record for India.

It’s from Auroville…

Could be introduced….




References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  IPNI  Top Tropicals  Garden  westafricanplants