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Pakistan | Family List | Anacardiaceae | Schinus

1. Schinus molle L., Sp. Pl. 388. 1753. Bailey, Stand. Cyclop. Hort. 6:3108-3109.1917; R.R. Stewart, l.c. 459.


A small sized tree up to 7 m tall. Branches pendant. Leaves imparipinnate, up to 25 cm long. Leaflets 15-27 mm long, linear-lanceolate. Flowers in ± conical panicles, greenish-white. Drupe 5-6 mm broad, globose, pink.

Fl. Per.: Feb.-March.

Type: Described from Peru Herb. Linn. 1193.1 (LINN).

The ‘pepper tree’ is a native of tropical America. Commonly cultivated in gardens and roadsides in Pakistan. The leaves when crushed have a distinctive odour. The pendant fruiting panicles with small pink fruits are very attractive.


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