Cadaba fruticosa

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Cadaba fruticosa (L.) Druce
  • Synonyms : Cadaba indica Lam., Cleome fruticosa L.
  • Common Name : Indian Cadaba, KaloKatakio, Khordu
  • Plant Family : Capparaceae or Capparidaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 9, 12, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Cadaba fruticosa Plant :

  • Habit : A straggling much branched shrub.
  • Stem : Erect, branched, cylindrical and solid, with smooth stems.
  • Leaves : Simple, entire, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, mucronate, base rounded.
  • Inflorescence : One - sided racemes or corymbs.
  • Flowers : Greenish-white, bracteate, sepals 4, unequal, ovate, acute, petals spathulate with narrow claws, disk funnel-shaped, stamens 4, exserted half-way on the gynophore, ovary 1 celled, raised on the gynophore, style absent.
  • Fruit : Dehiscent, cylindric, slightly moniliform.
  • Seeds : Kidney-shaped, immersed in orange - red arillate pulp.
  • Flowering and Fruiting time : November - March.
  • Significance :
    • Common as a hedge plant.
    • The roots and leaves are anthelminitic and used in urine obstructions. They are also purgative as well as used as a poultice for sores.