Carissa carandas

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Name and publication()

Carissa carandas L., Mant. Pl. 1: 52. (1767).

Description()

Known as “Krishna leaves” in the potpourri trade, the leaves of karanda are broadly ovate to oblong, 3-7 cm long x 1.5-4 cm wide, base broadly cuneate to rounded, apex short apiculate. The lateral veins are 8 pairs, ascending, convergent, anastomosing near margin.

Nativity and distribution()

Carissa carandas is native to China, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Malaysia but cultivated in the tropics for its edible fruit, sometimes used in beverages.

Family()

Apocynaceae