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Pakistan | Family List | Tiliaceae | Grewia

Grewia sapida Roxb. ex DC., Prodr. 1:512. 1824. Roxb., Fl. Ind. 2:590. 1832; Masters in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:387. 1874; Stewart & Brandis, For. Fl. 41. 1874; Brandis, Ind. Trees 98. 1906; Parker, For. Fl. Punj. ed. 3. 52. 1956.

A small shrub, 1-1.5 m tall, perennating by woody underground stem. Young shoots stellate pubescent. Leaves with 4-10 mm long, stout, hairy petiole; lamina subglabrous or sub scabrous above, ovate or obovate to suborbicular, 2.8-6.5 cm long, 2-3 cm broad, 5(-7)-costate, serrate, cuneate at the base, obtuse to acute at the apex; stipules linear-lanceolate, 5-10 mm long. Cymes 3(-5)-flowered, peduncles 1-5 together, axillary, 1.0-2.5 cm long, stellate hairy. Flowers yellow, 1-1.4 cm across; pedicels divergent, as long as petiole; bracts small. Sepals linear-oblong, 4-6.5 mm long, acute. Petals oblong, 4-5 mm long, entire, obtuse. Torus glabrescent. Drupe subglobose, somewhat faintly 4-lobed, c. 6 mm in diameter, fleshy.

Fl. Per.: April-May.

Type: Described from Eastern India (Bengal).

Distribution: Pakistan to northern Burma through India, between 300-1300 m.

This species is reported to have been collected from Hazara and Rawalpindi pine forests (fide Parker, l.c.) but I have not seen any authentic specimen from our area.

The fruit containing sweet pulp is edible.


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