Grewia Asiatica

Grewia Asiatica

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Grewia asiatica (Phalsa or Falsa) is a species of Grewia native to southern Asia from Pakistan east to Cambodia, and widely cultivated in other tropical countries. Grewia celtidifolia was initially considered a mere variety of Phalsa, but is now recognized as a distinct species.

It is a shrub or small tree growing to 8 m tall. The leaves are broadly rounded, 5-18 cm long and broad, with a petiole 1-1.5 cm long. The flowers are produced in cymes of several together, the individual flowers about 2 cm diameter, yellow, with five large sepals and five smaller petals. The fruit is an edible drupe 5-12 mm diameter, purple to black when ripe.