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Grewia orientalis L., Sp. Pl. 964. 1753; Masters in Fl. Brit. India 1: 384. 1874, excl. syn. G. rhamnifolia Roth. G. columnaris Smith in Rees, Cycl. 17: no. 5. 1811; Masters in Fl. Brit. India 1: 383. 1874, incl. syns.

Kan.: Udippeballi; Mal.: Payippala; Tam.: Andikkullai, Panrippidukkan, Tavidilai; Tel.: Bodeputika, Peyyarotta, Tegali.

Small trees or shrubs. Leaves 3.5 - 13 x 1.8 - 6 cm, ovate-elliptic, ovate-lanceolate or elliptic-oblong, obliquely cordate at base, acute or acuminate at apex, crenate-serrate, glabrescent, 3-nerved; petioles up to 7 mm long. Flowers in axillary, 1 - 3-flowered cymes; peduncles up to 5 mm long; buds conical, brown-tomentose; pedicels up to 1 cm long. Sepals 1.5 - 2.5 cm long, oblong, acute, pubescent. Petals white, 5 - 8 mm long, ovate-lanceolate; glands half the length of petals. Receptacle ca 6 mm long, angled, softly villous. Ovary globose, pilose; stigma 5-lobed. Drupes 1 - 1.5 cm across, subglobose, 4-lobed, yellow, bristly with stiff hairs.

Fl. & Fr. May-Jan.

Distrib. India: In deciduous and semievergreen forests, fairly common. West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia and Tropical Africa.

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