Carissa

(aboriginal name). Apocymi cezr. About 20 very branchy spinose shrubs of the tropics of Africa, Asia and Australia, cult. for ornament or for the edible berry-like fr. Fls. white, solitary or in cymes ; lobes of calyx and corolla 5, the 5 stamens free and included in the throat, the ovary 2 loculed: lvs. opposite and thick, simple. In the Old World sometimes cult. in warmhouses, but in this country known only in the extreme S. Prop. by seeds and cuttings of ripe wood.