The Flacourtia shrub was seen everywhere in Malshej, flowering and fruiting, and so also the Common leopard butterfly, whose caterpillar considers it as its foodplant. It was interesting to note that its flowers grew directly from the old branches. Also, its 2-inch long spines were at right angles to each other, as can be seen from the attached pics.
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Sorry to come in so late but this shrub is Maytenus rothiana [Gymnospora rothiana] locally called Yenkli. Please check the archives of this group for the previous discussion on this.
--- On Thu, 9/3/09, J.M. Garg <jmg...@gmail.com> wrote: