|Scientific Name||Chrysophyllum roxburghii Don|
Flowering class: Dicot
Evergreen trees, to 30 m high, bark grey or pale brown, smooth, cracked vertically, inner bark fibrous; exudation milky; branches horizontal; young shoots densely ferruginous pubescent. Leaves simple, alternate, scattered, spreading distichously, estipulate; petiole 3-10 mm long, slender, pubescent; lamina 4-17 x 2-5 cm, elliptic, oblong, elliptic-oblong, oblong-lanceolate, base acute, apex acuminate or caudate-acuminate, margin entire, glabrous when mature, shiny, coriaceous; lateral nerves many, parallel, close, slender, looped near margin forming intramarginal nerve; intercostae reticulate. Flowers bisexual, green or greenish-white, in axillary fascicles, pedicels 3-5 mm long, pubescent; calyx lobes 5-6, sepals 2 x 1.5 mm, imbricate, concave, obtuse; corolla campanulate, lobes 5-6 tube, 0.7-1.2 mm long, 1 mm long, 1.5 mm wide, villous along margin, subacute; stamens 5-6, included; filaments subulate; anthers ovate; ovary densely hairy, 5-6 locular, superior, ovules one in each cell; style short, 1 mm long, glabrous; stigma blunt. Fruit a berry, globose, 3-5 cm across, yellowish-green; seeds brownish-yellow, subellipsoid, compressed, shiny.
Trees up to 30 m tall.
Bark dark grey, with longitudinally arranged corky lenticels; blaze cream.
Young branchlets terete, rusty tomentose, later glabrous.
Latex white, profuse.
Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; petiole 0.5-0.8 cm long, canaliculate, pubescent when young, later glabrous; lamina 7-15 x 2-4 cm, narrow oblong to elliptic-oblong, apex caudate-acuminate with blunt tip, base slightly asymmetric and attenuate, margi
Inflorescence axillary dense clusters; flowers white; pedicel 0.3-0.5 cm long.
Berry, globose 2.5-3.5 cm across, 5-6 locular; seeds 1, brown, shining, to 1.9 cm long.
Flowering and fruiting: April-November
Canopy trees in wet evergreen forests up to 1400 m.
Notes: Western Ghats & Eastern Ghats, Evergreen Forests
Tropical Asia; in the Western Ghats- South and Central Sahyadri.
State - Kerala, District/s: Palakkad, Kollam, Idukki, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Wayanad
Maharashtra: Kolhapur, Konkan
Karnataka: Coorg, Hassan, Mysore, N. Kanara, Shimoga, S. Kanara
Kerala: Idukki, Kollam, Malapuram, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur
Tamil Nadu: Coimbatore, Namakkal , Nilgiri
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