Grewia asiatica

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Grewia asiatica L.
  • Synonyms : Grewia subinaequalis DC.
  • Common Name : Phalsa
  • Plant Family : Tiliaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Grewia asiatica Plant :

  • Habit : A small tree, young parts hairy.
  • Leaves : Ovate, acute, irregularly toothed, hairy below, obliquely cordate at base, stipules lanceolate.
  • Flowers :
    • Yellow in umbellate cymes, peduncles axillary, 1-4 together with 2-5 pedicels, bracts lanceolate, sepals linear-oblong, hairy.
    • Petals ovate oblong, notched, gland with white hairs, torus with a hairy ring at top, beneath the ovary.
    • Ovary hairy. Stamens numerous inserted on a torus.
  • Fruit : Drupe globose, purple-red.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : March-April
  • Significance :
    • Extensively cultivated everywhere for its fruits.
    • The ripe fruits are acid-sweet and sharbat is made from them.