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  Morus australis
 
  Family: MORACEAE
  Citation:  Morus australis Poir., Encycl. 4: 380. 1797. Morus indica sensu Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 492. 1888, non L. 1753; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1370(958). 1928; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 356. 1995.
  Malayalam Name(s):
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Mulberry
  Description: Dioecious shrubs, 2-5 m tall, with milky sap. Leaves alternate, simple, 12-30 x 4-15 cm, ovate-acuminate or 3-lobed, sharply serrate, prominently veined from the base; stipules minute, caducous. Inflorescence of solitary, axillary, cylindrical spikes; peduncles 1-1.5 cm long, softly tomentose. Staminate spikes 2-3 cm long. Perianth-lobes 4, ovate, imbricate. Stamens 4; filaments inflexed in bud and spreading at anthesis; pistillode present. Pistillate spikes 1.5-2 cm long. Perianth-lobes 4, obovate, decussately imbricate, becoming fleshy in fruit. Ovary ovoid, 1-celled; ovule 1, pendulous; style single, branching towards the apex, stigmas divergent, white, feathery. Fruit an aggregate of drupelets enclosed in the accrescent, succulent perianth; seeds subglobose.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting:
  District(s): Alappuzha, Kollam
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Cultivated
  Distribution: India, Himalaya, Myanmar and West China
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s):
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: Yes
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Alleppey town, Thenmalai
   
 
   
 
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