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Department of Botany

Since 1980

Cordia obliqua willd.



   Botanical NameCordia obliqua willd.
   SynonymsCordia latifolia .Roxb.
   Common NameEnglish: Clammy cherry / Tamil: Perunaruvuli, Pasaipazham
   DistributionGlobal : Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and North Africa
Indian : Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.
   DescriptionMedium sized deciduous trees up to10m Tall with Yellowish-grey bark. Leaves simple, alternate, estipulate, elliptic, ovate, or orbicular, margin entire or crenate. Inflorescence Axillary or terminal cymes. Flowers polygamous, white, calyx tube campanulate, corolla 5 lobed, recurved. Stamens five hairy at base. Anthers 3 mm, oblong. ovary superior, tetra carpel, globose, ovule one in each cell, style coiled, stigma lobes fan shaped. Fruit a drupe, ovoid, Light pinkish to yellowish.
   Flowering Fruiting periodMarch-August
   UsesFruit edible and used as glue.
   Medicinal UsesMedicinally importance and reported to have anthelmintic, purgative, diuretic, expectorant, antipyretic, hepatoprotective and analgesic action.
   Tamil NamePerunaruvuli