Glycosmis pentaphylla – Gin Berry

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Natural History: A medium-sized shrub found in the Indian subcontinent to southeast Asia. Leaves are compound, consist of 5-7 leaflets and smell like lemon when crushed. Small white flowers are borne in terminal clusters. Fruits are round, pink coloured berries filled with pulp and seeds. Plant is used in traditional medicines (Flowers of India, 2023).



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Kawthankar, N. 2024. Glycosmis pentaphylla (Retz.) DC. – Gin Berry. 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 2024/04/24.