Scolopia crenata (Wight & Arn.) Clos
Synonym : Phoberos crenatus Wight & Arn.
Family : Flacourtiaceae
Local Names : Charalu, Kakkamaram, Mullukara, Saralamaram
Flowering and fruiting period: October – April
Habitat: Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
IUCN status: Data Deficient
Uses: The leaves are used for treating musco-skeletal pain. The bark has been shown to have antimicrobial and antioxidant activity
Key Characters: Evergreen trees, to 15 m high, armed with thorns; bark greyish-brown. Leaves simple, alternate, lanceolate, elliptic-lanceolate, margin crenate or serrate. Flowers bisexual, white, in axillary racemes. Sepals 4-6, ovate. Petals 4-6, oblong, glabrous. Stamens numerous, free. Ovary one celled, few ovuled. Fruit a berry, globose; seeds few.