Rubus ellipticus

ROSACEAE

Local Name: Cheemullu, Mullippazham

Flowering & Fruiting: November – March

Habitat: Evergreen, Semi-evergreen and Shola Forests

Distribution: India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar

Description

Ramblers; stems covered with red bristles; prickles recurved. Leaves alternate; leaflets 5 x 5 cm, obovate to orbicular, serrulate; hispid below; nerves 7 or 8 pairs, spiny below; petiolule 5 mm long. Panicle axillary or terminal, fulvous tomentose; bracts 5 mm long, ovate, acute. Flowers white; pedicels 1 cm long, villous. Sepals 6 x 4 mm, ovate, acute, united at base, pubescent. Petals 7-8 mm long, obovate; torus densely villous; ovaries glabrous. Drupes 1.5 mm across, glabrous, deep red.

Citation

Rubusellipticus Smith in Rees, Cyclop. 30: Rubus. n.16. 1815; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 336. 1878; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 441(313). 1919; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 98. 1988; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 25, 38; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 66. 1998; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 248. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 129. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 124. 1999; Pradeep, Fl. Vellarimala 53. 2000; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 342. 2009.

 

RubusgowreephulRoxb., Fl. Ind. 2: 517. 1832.

 

Rubuswallichianus Wight &Arn., Prodr. 298. 1834.