Coffea travancorensis Wight & Arn.

 
  • Family : RUBIACEAE
    (MADDER or COFFEE FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Rubiaceae
  • Synonym(s) : Psilanthus travancorensis (Wight & Arn.) J.-F.Leroy
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Coffea travancorensis Wight & Arn.
  • Vernacular name : Pushkkaramoolam, Pushkkaramulla (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Undershrub
  • Habitat : Sacred groves and scrub jungles
  • Comments / notes : In hills forests as an undergrowth up to 3000 ft.
  • Key identification features : A shrub. Leaves opposite, ovate to elliptic or oblanceolate. Inflorescence 3-5-flowered, axillary. Fruit a drupe, depressed globose, blue-black when ripe
  • Flower, Fruit : October-December
  • Collector(s) Name : Beena, V.T Antony
  • Collection Locality : MGU Campus, Athirampuzha, Kottayam District; Changanassery, Kottayam District
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Dakshina Kannada district, Udupi district
    • Kerala : Wayanad district, Thrissur district, Ernakulam district, Kottayam district, Alappuzha district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Tamil Nadu : Tiruvannamalai district
  • Literature : Gamble 1921. Fl. Mad. Pres. Vol. 2.; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Coffea travancorensis. Downloaded on 9 December 2019.

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