|Subkingdom:||Tracheobionta – Vascular plants|
|Superdivision:||Spermatophyta – Seed plants|
|Division:||Magnoliophyta or Angiosperms – Flowering plants|
|Class:||Magnoliopsida – Dicots|
|Family:||Malpighiaceae (The Barbados Cherry family)|
|Botanical name:||Malpighia coccigera|
|Common Name:||Singapore Holly or Dwarf Holly|
The genus Malpighia is named for Marcello Malpighia, an Italian naturalist at Bologna. This plant is not a true Holly nor a native of Singapore! The plant has small shiny green leaves that have spiny toothed edges. Hence got the name Holly. Lacy pink flowers are very beautiful and attractive. The plant makes a nice Bonasai tree.
The above pictures were taken with Nikon Coolpix. Please click on each picture to get the full view.
Location: My garden at Kottayam, Kerala
Flowers of India