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I have a picture of a leaf and I am trying to find it's scientific name. The closer I got is Carissa Macrocarpa based on thorns alignment. If I am wrong, I need help in identifying correct species.enter image description here. Thank you very much in advance!

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you give more pictures (e.g. the thorns you mention, and of course any flowers, the overall growth habit - tree, shrub etc) and location? $\endgroup$ – Bryan Hanson May 4 '18 at 18:28
  • $\begingroup$ Hi Bryan, I added few more images. $\endgroup$ – vamsidhar muthireddy May 6 '18 at 20:04
  • $\begingroup$ I think you are close with your ID, certainly down to the genus. However, all the pictures I can find of C. macrocarpa have leaves which are slightly more peaked/acute, and have a tiny little spine-like structure at the end. Also, it looks like the thorns are bifurcated, but your specimen has simple spines. Since this plant is used in landscaping, there are various cultivars available which may combine characteristics of the cannonical species. You might need to find a key to this genus to be sure. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Hanson May 6 '18 at 20:26
  • $\begingroup$ Try to find a key for Carissa for your area if this is a "wild" plant, not landscape specimen. I found several by googling. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Hanson May 6 '18 at 20:28
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Bryan, that suggestion helped! It is highly likely that this specie is Carissa carandas which I found out grows in and around my locality. $\endgroup$ – vamsidhar muthireddy May 6 '18 at 20:56
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This plant seems to be Carissa carandas. With the thorns placements besides leaves, I was sure that this plant belonged to genus Carissa. Taking advice from Bryan Hanson, I searched for the plants in the same genus in my locality(Hyderabad, India). The white flowers and their rosy stalk made it easier for me to search. I found out that this is a common plant in country side and is used in many dishes. Thanks Bryan for pointing me in the correct direction.

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