Diospyros oocarpa

Diospyros oocarpa Thwaites, Enum. Pl. Zeyl. 180 1860. ;
dy-oh-SPY-ros or dy-oh-SPEE-ros -- wheat (fruit) of the gods ... Dave's Botanary
oo-oh-KAR-puh -- egg-shaped fruit ... Dave's Botanary

commonly known as: Andamans marblewood, egg-fruited ebony, zebrawood • Malayalam: കരിങ്കാളി karinkaali, കരുങ്ങാലി karungngaali • Tamil: வெள்ளைக்கருங்காலி vellai-k-karunkali

Native to: India, Sri Lanka

Habit- Trees up to 25 m tall.
Trunk & Bark- Bark blackish brown, flakes; blaze brown.
Branches and Branchlets- Branchlets terete, fulvous pubescent when young.
Leaves- Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; petiole to 0.6-1.1 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 5-12 x 3-7.5 cm, narrow ovate to ovate, apex acute to acuminate with blunt tip, base acute, margin entire, coriaceous, glabrous, drying brown; midrib flat above; secondary nerves 5-8, not prominent, lower most pairs close; tertiary nerves obscure.
Inflorescence / Flower- Flowers unisexual, dioecious; male flowers in axillary sessile clusters, cream; female flowers 1-3, axillary.
Fruit and Seed- Berry, oblong-ovoid, 2.3 x 3.5 cm, rugose; calyx persistent; 1-seed per cell.
Canopy to subcanopy trees in evergreen forests, up to 800 m.
Western Ghats and Sri Lanka; in the Western Ghats- common in Central and North Malanad of Central Sahyadri.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry

Anshi Ghat :: Diospyros oocarpa :: DVFEB18/51 : 2 posts by 1 author. 7 images.
Anshi Ghat ... Karnataka
Date: 25 MAY 2013 ... Altitude: 340 - 380 m asl
Diospyros oocarpa Thwaites ... (family: Ebenaceae)