Flacourtia montana Graham

Flacourtia montana Graham (FLACOURTIACEAE)
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Common names
Kannada:
 Gajale, Hennu sampige, Nayibela.
Tulu: Tabluka.
Malayalam: Chalirin-pazham, Charal-maram.

Description: Trees, up to 20 m tall, often armed, dioecious. Leaves broadly elliptic, oblong-elliptic or ovate-lanceolate, 7-6 x 4-7 cm, usually cuneate at base, acute or acuminate at apex, crenate.  Flowers unisexual, in lax racemes or dense paniculate clusters, up to 2 cm long, creamy white. Sepals 4, minute, ovate. Petals 0. Male flowers: Stamens numerous. Female flowers: Ovary urceolate, sometimes surrounded by a few staminodes at base; styles 5(-6), bifid at apex. Berries globose, ca 1.7 cm across, obtusely ribbed, scarlet when ripe, fleshy. Seeds 6, in 2 rows, compressed, hard.
Flowering & Fruiting: November - April.
Distribution: India: In semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests of Western Ghats, up to 1000 m (1800 m). Maharshtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Endemic.

Uses: Fruits are pleasantly acrid, eaten raw or made into jelly. Wood is heavy and is used for building purposes.