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  Carissa carandas
 
  Family: APOCYNACEAE
  Citation:  Carissa carandas L., Mant. Pl. 1: 52. 1767; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 3:630. 1882; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 804(565). 1923; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 188. 1999; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 420. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 517. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Karakka, Karanda, Kalachedi, Klavu
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Christ's thorn, Jasmine flowered carrisa, Karanda
  Description: Armed shrubs, latex milky, dichotomously branched, spines forked at apex, 4.5 cm. Leaves 6 x 3.5 cm, elliptic-oblong, apex obtuse or emarginate, subcoriaceous; petiole to 0.5 cm. Cymes axillary and terminal, corymbose, puberulus; flowers white; calyx 5-lobed, 2.5 mm ,ovate, , aristate; corolla hypocrateriform, tube 2 cm, pubescent, twisted, 7 x 3 mm, ovate, pubescent; stamens 2.5 mm, obtuse, mucronate, sessile; ovary 1 mm, stigma fusiform, twisted. Berry 2.5 cm across, black when ripe.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-June
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Dry deciduous forests, also grown in homesteads
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White, Rose
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: Yes
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Chinnar, Choolatheruvu
   
 
   
 
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