The velvety beautyberry (Callicarpa tomentosa) belongs to Verbenaceae (the Verbena family). It is a small deciduous tree that is native to the Western Ghats of India and Sri Lanka. This tree grows in open disturbed evergreen to semi-evergreen forests, and up to a height of 3-5 m. The leaves are elliptic to broadly elliptic or ovate, thinly leathery, glaucous, densely white velvety beneath. The purplish flowers bloom in branched axillary cymes, from April to July. The fruit is a round drupe and ripen black. An extract of the bark is used in the treatment of fevers, liver complaints and skin diseases.