Crateva religiosa – Sacred Garlic Pear

Other notes

Natural Hostory: A medium-sized, deciduous tree growing 15m tall. It is native to subtropical evergreen forests of Asia, often found growing along streams and temples. Leaves are trifoliate and falls off during summer. Flowers are creamy white with purple filaments, borne in clusters on branch ends during February to June. Fruits are ovoid hard berries. Numerous kidney-shaped seeds are embedded in the creamy pulp. Both flowers and fruits gives out an garlic-like, unpleasant odor (Srinivas et al., 2018).



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Page citation

Kawthankar, N. 2024. Crateva religiosa G.Forst. – Sacred Garlic Pear. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/06/25.