Duranta erecta L.

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Golden Dew Drop
Synonym: Duranta plumieri Jacq.
Common Name: Pigeon berry, Duranta
Flowering & Fruiting Period: July - March
Distribution: Originally from America; now widespread throughout the world
Habitat: Grown as hedge plant, also getting naturalised
Uses: Ornamental, hedge plant, the plant is used in the treatment of fevers, skin itches, and insect repellent
Key Characteristics: Shrubs; branches often spiny, terete. Leaves, elliptic-ovate or obovate, margins entire. Flowers in simple or panicled racemes, terminal and axillary. Calyx tubular, fleshy, angled, persistent. Corolla blue or violet, with or without two purplish stripes on the tube. Stamens 4, didynamous. Ovary globular, 8-locular, 8-ovuled. Drupes yellow or orange - yellow, globose, completely enclosed by the fruiting-calyx.