Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Rubiaceae

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Tarenna asiatica (L.) Kuntze ex Schumann

Leaf arrangement

Opposite decussate

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Oblanceolate, Oblong

Leaf Apex

Acute

Leaf Base

Truncate

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : A large evergreen shrub.

Habitat and Distribution : Very common, less in the scrub jungles. Hills to 1400m, Sri Lanka Peninsular India and Malaysia.

Indigenous Information : The fruits are eaten by crows. The wood is used as fuel wood. The wood is strong and used as a crobar.

Field Tips : Leaves dark glossy green, drying black.

 

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Names:


Irula : Tharani
Tamil : Kura, Tharani


Flower:

In terminal corymbose cymes, cream, fragrant. Flowering from December-April.

Fruit :

A berry, globose with a crown of calyx lobes, dark blue when ripe. Fruiting throughout the year.

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Rubiaceae