Tarena asiatica

Tarena asiatica (L.) Kuntze ex K. Schumann  (RUBIACEAE)
Common names
Tamil: Kura.
Telugu: Komi.

Description:  Evergreen trees, up to 12 m tall; young parts often resinous. Leaves opposite, elliptic-lanceolate, ca 10 x 3 cm, rounded at base, shortly acuminate at apex, coriaceous, shining, turning black in drying. Flowers in terminal corymbose cymes, white, fragrant. Calyx tube ovoid, lobes 5, persistent. Corolla tube funnel-shaped, lobes 5, white. Stamens 5, adnate to the mouth of corolla tube; filaments short. Ovary 2-locular, style short; stigma fusiform. Fruit a small berry, globose, ca 6 mm across, dark blue when ripe. Seeds many, plano-convex, white.

Flowering & Fruiting : November - May.

Distribution: India: Common in evergreen and semi-evergreen forests in plain. Indomalesia.