Species Name (as per The IPNI) : Carissa spinarum L.
Common name : Small carissa
Vernacular name : Karonda, Karaunda (Hindi)
Habit : Shrub
Habitat : Found on the Ridge in dry and stony places
Comments / notes : Fruits are pickled and edible when ripe; Corolla tube become reddish outside and somewhat inflated
Key identification features : Armed shrub with straight or slightly curved spines. Leaves are simple, thin, and broadly ovate or sub orbicular, up to 2.5 inch long,1.5 inch broad. Inflorescence is a cyme, flowers are white and ciliate. Fruit is a 4 seeded berry.
Native : Africa to Indo-China, Australia to New Caledonia
World Distribution : Africa, Asia and Australia
Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
Literature : Maheshwari K.J (1963). Flora of Delhi: 213