Kanta mehedi or Golden dewdrop, Duranta erecta
Kanta mehedi or Golden dewdrop (Duranta erecta, family: Verbenaceae) is a vigorous and poisonous bushy shrub with drooping branches, attaining a height of 7 m. Bark is brownish. Usually there are no thorns on its body but some plants do, especially in older plants. It is drought-tolerant and can grow well in shade or in bright light. It is found everywhere in Bangladesh as an ornamental plant. Its original home is tropical America. It is famous all over the tropical world for its beauty. In Bangla, it is also known as Duronto.
Leaves are light green, sometimes yellowish, deeply dented, opposite, 3-7 cm long and 2-4 cm wide.
Flowers are light blue, deep purple or white, sweet-scented. These are small, on 10-15 cm long raceme inflorescence. Petals, 5, sepals 5.
Fruit is berry, subglobose, turns orange when ripe. Flowering and fruiting occur throughout the year. Propagation is caused by seeds and cuttings.
Leaves and fruits are poisonous. The plant is used for preparing insecticide. Leaves and barks are used as medicine. It relieves aches and pains. It can be trimmed to shape as you like. Its leaves, flowers and fruits, all interesting. So gardeners easily place it in their gardens. It is also suitable for garden fencing. It can survive for a long period of time. In some cases, it can live up to 25 years.
Synonyms: Darbyana integrifolia, Duranta bonardi, Duranta dentata, Duranta ellisiae, Duranta inermis, Duranta integrifolia, Duranta latifolia, Duranta macrodonta, Duranta plumieri, Duranta racemosa, Duranta repens, Duranta rostrata, Duranta spinosa, Duranta turbinata, Duranta xalapensis, Ellisia acuta