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Common Name : Indian Caper     -       Scientific Name : Capparis brevispina (Capparaceae)       -       Other Name : Wal Dehi, Wellangiriya (S)
Kokkare Villu Uda Para
03/09/2014
Kokkare Villu Uda Para
03/09/2014
Panikkar Villu
03/09/2014

This is not a species found only in Sri Lanka. It is commonly found in forested areas of southern India.

The conservation status of this species is regarded as “Least Concerned” (National Red List 2012).

This is a shrub and is common in the sandy areas of the low country forests. It is found in all the dry zone National Parks. The flowers carry a large number of filaments giving them a delicate appearance. During the flowering season most of these bushes will bear a large number of these flowers creating quite a beautiful sight.

The Indian Caper is used as a host plant by a beautiful species of butterfly known as the Common Gull. This species is commonly found in Wilpattu National Park.

These bushes are common along the road from Eluwankulama to Mollikulama. In Wilpattu I have observed this species to bloom during the month of March.