S. NAZIMUDDIN AND M. QAISER
Randia tetrasperma (Roxb.) Benth. & Hook. f.
A small shrub, c. 2 m tall, branches spinescent. Leaves mostly towards the tip of branchlets, fascicled, 0.9-3 cm long, ovate-oblanceolate or elliptic, glabrous, entire, acute-subacute, petiole, c. 1 mm long; stipules c. 1.5 mm long. Flowers greenish-white, odoriferous, c. 12 mm long, 8-10 mm in diameter. Calyx-tube c. 1 mm long, teeth subulate, 1.5 mm long. Corolla funnel-shaped, tube c. 8 mm long, lobes 5, 4-5 mm long, acuminate. Anthers exserted, filaments short. Style long, filiform; stigmas spindle-shaped. Fruit 6-8 mm in diameter, globose, purple.
Fl. Per.: May-June.
Type: Mountains near ‘Shreenugur’, Colonel Hardwick s.n.
Distribution: Temperate and subtropical Himalayas, Salt Range, Pakistan (Hazara, N.W.F. Province), Kashmir, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, India (Assam).
A fairly common species of open slopes, amongst rocks and dry river beds; ascending upto 2000 m.