Balanites roxburghii Planchon

  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Zygophyllaceae
  • Species : Balanites roxburghii
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Balanites roxburghii Planch.
  • Common name : Desert Date
  • Vernacular name : Gouritvae (San.); Hingan (Hin.); Ingula (Kan.)
  • Collection Nos : KFP 6811, KFP 1172, KFP 11321
  • Collector(s) Name : C.J.Saldanha & B.Gurudev Singh
  • Key identification features : A small tree with branchlets often ending in strong sharp spines. Leaves are 2-foliate. Flowers are small in axillary compact cymes, greenish and fragrant with a prominent 10-grooved conical disk at the center. Ovary is with a single locule and a pendulous ovule. Fruit is a 1-seeded drupe.
  • Habit : Tree
  • Native : India, Pakistan, Myanmar
  • Comments : Wood used for making Walking Sticks. Fruits persist throughout the year.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Harenahalli (Tumkur)
  • Distribution Locality : Belgaum, Bellary, Chitradurga, Dharwad, Kodagu, Mysore, Tumkur
  • Floras referred : Saldanha, 1996; Seetharam et al., 2000 - Gulbarga; Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Coorg


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