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  Muntingia calabura
 
  Family: ELAEOCARPACEAE
  Citation:  Muntingia calabura L., Sp. Pl. 509. 1753; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 54. 1982; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 90. 1990; S.K. Murti in B.D. Sharma & Sanjappa, Fl. India 3: 570. 1993; M. Reema et al. in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 505. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 146. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 175. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Pancharappazham
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Bird's cherry, Cotton Candy berry, Calabur, Jam tree, Manzanil
  Description: Trees, to 7 m high; branches spreading; branchlets densely villous, glandular-pubescent. Leaves simple, alternate; stipules 1 or [2 with 1 reduced], 5 mm long, lateral, filiform, hairy; petiole 5 mm long; lamina 6-11 x 2-4 cm, lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, base obliquely subcordate, apex acuminate, margin serrate, chartaceous, glandular hairy above, woolly beneath; lateral nerves 3-5 pairs, pinnate, prominent, intercostae reticulate, prominent. Flowers bisexual, 1.5-3 cm across, white rarely pink; pedicels 2-2.5 cm long; sepals 5, 1.5 cm long, lanceolate, valvate, shortly connate at base, densely pubescent; petals 5, thin, ovate, obovate or suborbicular, shortly clawed, entire, imbricate, crumpled in bud; intrastaminal disc annular, bearing a ring of hairs on the exterior margin; stamens many, ca. 1 cm long; filaments filiform; ovary superior, 5-6 mm long, ellipsoid, 5-celled, ovules many; styles short; stigmas capitate, 5-grooved. Fruit a berry, 1-1.5 cm across, red or yellow, subglobular; seeds many, obovoid-ellipsoid, many.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Grown as ornamental plant
  Distribution: Cultivated in India, Native of Tropical America and West Indies
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: Yes
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
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