Grewia tenax

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Grewia tenax (Forssk.) Fiori
  • Synonyms : Grewia populifolia Vahl, Grewia betulifolia Juss.
  • Common Name : Gangeti, Gango, Gangi, White Crossberry, Phalsa Cherry, Raisin Bush
  • Plant Family : Tiliaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Van Chetana Kendra

About Grewia tenax Plant :

  • Habit : A small shrub.
  • Leaves : Broadly ovate, or suborbicular or obovate, acute or obtuse, dentate, base rounded, stipules small linear.
  • Flowers :
    • Pure white, peduncle solitary, leaf opposed with 1 or 2-3 flowers, bracts 2, near the middle of pedicel.
    • Sepals long, linear, hairy.
    • Petals linear-oblong, notched, gland broad, 3-lobed, torus 5-teethed, beneath the ovary.
    • Stamens many.
    • Ovary 4-lobed, style long, stigma 4-5 lobed.
  • Fruit : Drupe smooth, orange-yellow, of 2 separable halves, each half didynamous.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October - December
  • Significance : The acid fruits are eaten, wood used for walking stick.