Diospyros candolleana Wight

Diospyros candolleana Wight (EBENACEAE)
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COMMON NAME
Sanskrit: Nila viruksha.
Kannada: Kari mara.
Tamil: Kari maram.
Malayalam: Kari.
Telugu: Jagala ganti.

Description: Trees, up to 15 m tall; branchlets pubescent. Leaves alternate, oblong, up to 15 x 5.5 cm, narrowed or rounded at base, blunty acuminate at apex. Inflorescence of axillary clusters on short tubercles. Flowers unisexual, 5-merous, tawny silky-tomentose, Calyx lobes oblong, acute in male flowers, slightly longer in female flowers. Corolla urceolate. Stamen 10, in pairs. Staminodes present. Ovary 4-celled. Fruit a berry, globose, up to 2.5 cm across, brown. Seeds 4, albumen ruminate.
Flowering & Fruiting: March – December.
Distribution: India: In evergreen and moist deciduous forests of Western Peninsular India.

Uses: Timber hard, used in building constructions. A decoction of root-bark  is used in rheumatism and swellings.