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Ziziphus truncata Blatt. & Hallb. in J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 26: 234. 1918.

Small shrubs with divaricate branches; young parts chestnut coloured, downy; stipular spines 2, upto 1 cm long, tomentose at base, one straight and shorter, the other recurved. Leaves alternate, orbiculate, 1.5 -3.5 x 1 - 2.5 cm, subcordate, coriaceous, glabrous above, downy beneath, 3-nerved from base, apical truncate portion irregularly dentate; nerves extending up to apex; midrib with 2 - 3 equal, secondary veins; petioles 5 mm long. Cymes axillary, sessile, tomentose. Flowers 4 - 5 mm across; buds hemispherical; pedicels up to 4 mm long. Calyx lobes deltoid, 2 - 2 .5 mm long, acute, pubescent without, glabrous within. Petals spathulate, 1.5 -1 .8 mm long, cucullate, rounded at apex. Stamens 1.2 -1.6 mm long; filaments acicular. Disc 10-lobed with 10 furrows, glabrous. Ovary bicarpellary, superior; styles 2, connate up to the middle, divergent near the apex. Fruits globose, yellow when ripe. Seeds 1-2, compressed, black.

Fl. & Fr. : Oct. - March.

Distrib. India : On rocks. Rajasthan.

Notes. Z. truncata Blatt. & Hallb. is closely allied to Z. nummularia (Burm.f.) Wight & Arn. but differs in shape size and texture of leaves.

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