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  Flacourtia montana
 
  Family: FLACOURTIACEAE
  Citation:  Flacourtia montana Graham, Cat. Pl. Bombay 10. 1839; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 54(39). 1915; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 65. 1985; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 10. 1988; R.L. Mitra in B.D. Sharma & N.P. Balakr., Fl. India 2: 406. 1993; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 23. 1996; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 44. 1996; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 58. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 26. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 18. 1998; Pradeep, Fl. Vellarimala 21. 2000; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 16. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 74. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 58. 2005; N.P. Balakr. in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 271. 2005; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 122. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Chalirpazham, Charalmaram, Charalpazham, Kattuloika, Muripacha, Painellicka, Vayyamkaitha
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s):
  Description: Throny trees to 8 m, thorns about 5 cm long, bark grey, thin, smooth. Leaves simple, alternate, spiral, 12-22 x 6-8, ovate, elliptic, apex acute or acuminate, base acute or rounded, margin crenate-serrate, coriaceous, glabrous except midrib below, shining above; 3-5 nerves from the base, prominent, lateral veins 4-6 pairs, pinnate, prominent, intercostae scalariform, slender, prominent; petiole 5-10, stout, glabrous. Flowers unisexual, small, in axillary congested pubescent cymes. Sepals 4 or 5 tomentose, small, imbricate. Petals absent. Stamens many; anthers versatile. Ovary superior, urn shaped, glabrous, incompletely 2-5 locular, ovules 2 in each cell; styles 5, reflexed, notched at tip. Fruit a berry, globose, obtusely ribbed, 1-1.5 cm across, bright red, of an agreeable acid flavour; seeds few, reddish.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: April-June
  District(s): Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad, Kozhikkode, Kasaragode, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kollam, Thrissur, Wayanad, Kannur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
  Distribution: India
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Creamy, Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: Yes
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: -1000
  Localities: Peechi, Vazhani, Palapally, Kattalappara, Umiyar, Kaduvathala, Kariyilathodu, Punnamala, Parappa, Kanjirakadavu, Nedumkayam, Muthappanpuzha, Bonaccord
   
 
   
 
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