Shrubs of Morni: Jungli Karonda

Jungli Karonda /Wild Karoda/ जंगली करौंदा (Carissa spinarum) is an erect, thorny shrub with leathery,ovate leaves and forked branches. The leaves exude a toxic, white latex if plucked from the stem. The small, red berries are edible. The thorns can be an inch-and-a-half in length. The star-shaped flowers are white with 5 narrow petals. Jungli Karonda grows wild in the foothills of Shivaliks upto an elevation of 1500 metres. Its root yields an extract that is used for treating wounds.

Jungli Karonda, Banswala, Bhoj Ponta, Morni Hills

Jungli Karonda, Banswala, Bhoj Ponta, Morni Hills

Red berries of Jungli Karonda, Banswala, Bhoj Ponta, Morni Hills

Red berries of Jungli Karonda, Banswala, Bhoj Ponta, Morni Hills (January)

 

5 thoughts on “Shrubs of Morni: Jungli Karonda

  1. Actually these karonda plants were distributed to the farmers by kandi project for fencing , to protect the crops from wild animals . But no body cared about these plants’ growth .

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