Capparis decidua

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  • Botanical Name : Capparis decidua (Forssk.) Edgew
  • Synonyms : Capparis aphylla Roth.
  • Common Name : Kerda, Bare Caper
  • Plant Family : Capparaceae or Capparidaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 4, 8, 10, 25-27, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Aranya Van

About Capparis decidua Plant :

  • Habit : A straggling glabrous shrub.  
  • Stem : Branches zigzag and green (Phylloclades) with a pair of straight spines.
  • Leaves : Found on young shoots only, small, linear.
  • Inflorescence : Corymbs
  • Flowers :
    • Reddish brown.
    • Calyx made up of 4 sepals, unequal, hairy, anterior sepals large, hooded.
    • Petals scarlet 4, unequal, 2 anterior largest.
    • Stamens around 15, filaments red.
    • Ovary ovoid, on a slender gynophore, style awl-shaped.
  • Fruit : A globose, red, berry.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : November - March
  • Significance :
    • Ripe fruits and young buds pickled.
    • It is good in cardiac troubles and improves appetite.