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  Triphasia trifolia
 
  Family: RUTACEAE
  Citation:  Triphasia trifolia (Burm.f.) Wilson, Torreya 9: 33. 1909; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 96. 1989; K.N. Nair & M.P. Nayar in Hajra et al., Fl. India 4: 319.1997; R.K. Premanath in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 612. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 160. 2009. Limonia trifolia Burm.f., Fl. Ind. 103, t. 35, f. 1. 1768. Triphasia aurantiola Lour., Fl. Cochinch. 153. 1790; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 156(111). 1915. Triphasia trifoliolata DC., Prodr. 1: 536. 1824; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 507. 1875.
  Malayalam Name(s):
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Lime Berry, Limeberry, Limau Kiah, Lemondichina
  Description: Erect or straggling, evergreen shrub. Spines axillary, paired, slender, straight; branches terete. Leaves 3-foliolate; petioles 3-5 mm long. Leaflets thick and soft, terminal one 2-5 x 1.5-2 cm, short-petioled; lateral ones ovate-elliptic, cuneate at base, crenulate at margin, emarginate at apex, 1-2 x 0.5-1 cm, glabrous. Flowers axillary, solitary or in 2 or 3 flowered short-peduncled cymes, white, fragrant. Sepals3, ovate, ciliolate, green. Petals 3, free, linear-oblong, rounded at tip, 8-12 x ca 4 mm, glabrous. Stamens 6, free, subequal; filaments linear, 7-9 mm long, glabrous; anthers linear-oblong, ca 2 mm long. Disc annular, fleshy. Ovary seated on disc, ovoid, ca 2 mm long, glabrous, 3-loculed with 1 ovule in each. Style slender, caducous. Stigma capitate, 3-lobed, glandular. Berries ovoid-ellipsoid, apiculate, fleshy, gland-dotted, reddish orange when ripe. Seeds 1-3, oblong, green, embedded in mucilage.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
  District(s): Kottayam, Alappuzha
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Occasionally grown in homesteads
  Distribution: Introduced from 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: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Kadakarapally
   
 
   
 
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