Diospyros malabarica (Desr.) Kostel.

  • Family : EBENACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Ebenaceae
  • Species : Diospyros malabarica
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Diospyros malabarica (Desr.) Kostel.
  • Common name : Gaub Persimon, Indian Persimon, River Ebony
  • Vernacular name : Tindukah, Tinduki (San.); Gabh, Tedu (Hin.); Bandada mara, Antina kayi, Holetupare (Kan.)
  • Collection Nos : KFP 6761, KFP 7070, KFP 11352
  • Key identification features : A small to medium-sized littoral evergreen tree with spreading branches. Stem is buttressed. Bark nearly black with greenish tinge, thin, smooth and blaze yellow. Latex is brown. Leaves are simple, oblong-lanceolate, shiny and young leaves are red coloured. Inflorescence is many flowered cyme. Flowers are 4 merous. Calyx, fulvous pubescent without and glabrous within. Corolla is yellow, 4-lobed, retuse. Stamens are about 40 in pairs, anthers are hairy.Ovary is 8 celled, styles 4, each lobes further lobed into many stigmas. Fruit is a berry, covered with a rusty, powdery substance when young. Pulp is glutinous and clear, turning black when exposed.
  • Habit : Tree
  • Native : Indo-Malesia ( India, SriLanka, Myanmar, Thailand ,Malesia)
  • Comments : An excellent glue iobtained fruits used in book-binding and for paving seams of fishing boats; yields Oil which is medicinal
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada
  • Floras referred : Saldanha, 1984; Rao & Razi, 1981 - Mysore; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara


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