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Ziziphus apetala Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 635. 1875.

Climbing shrubs, armed; young branches ferruginous-tomentose; prickles recurved, 3-4 mm long, base tomentose. Leaves obliquely ovate or elliptical, 4.2-12.5 x l.8-7.0 cm, mucronate, oblique at base, glabrous above, ferruginous- pubescent below, membranous, serrate, basally 3-nerved; primary and secondary veins camptodromous; petioles 8 mm long, brownish hairy. Inflorescence 10- 15-flowered, axillary, dichotomous cymes; peduncles up to 3 mm long, brown pubescent. Flowers 6-7 mm across, pedicels 4 mm long. Calyx lobes deltoid, 2-3 mm long, acute, glabrous within, thickened along the margin and apex. Stamens equal to the calyx. Disc 5-lobed, hairy towards ovary. Ovary bicarpellary, unilocular, brownish hairy at base; style hairy up to the middle. Fruits compressed, 1-celled, 1.2-1.6 cm in diam., glabrous. Seeds 1, compressed, 11 mm long, 8 mm thick.

Distrib. India : West Bengal and Assam.

Notes. Ripe fruit is eaten.


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