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  Diospyros discolor
  Citation:  Diospyros discolor Willd., Sp. Pl. 4: 1108. 1806; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 778(547). 1923; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 270. 1990; V. Singh, Monogr. Indian Diospyros 85. 2005.
  Malayalam Name(s):
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Mabola Ebony, Comogen Ebony, Philippine Persimmon, Mabola Tree, Mabola-date-plum, Velvet apple, Velvet Persimmon
  Description: Tree to 15 m tall; bark blackish or dark brown, rough, peeling off; inner bark pinkish; branchlets and end bud silvery sericeous. Leaves alternate, rigidly coriaceous, oblong or elliptic-oblong, rarely oblanceolate, 2.5 x 8 -12 x 30 cm, acuminate or acute, base obtuse or subcordate, above glabrous, glossy, midrib impressed, beneath initially silver or golden sericeous, glabrescent, glaucous, lateral nerves obscure; petiole thick, 0.5-1.5 cm long. estipulate; petiole 7-13 mm, stout, grooved above, glabrous; lamina estipulate; petiole 7-13 mm, stout, grooved above, glabrous. Flowers white, fragrant: Male inflorescences shortly pedunculate, 3-7-flowered, female usually 1-flowered., densely sericeous. Male ones smaller than female ones, shortly pedicelled, calyx fleshy, turbinate-campanulate, deeply 4-lobed, inside glabrous; lobes coriaceous, erect, ovate, obtuse, ciliate, 5-10 mm. Corolla twice as long as calyx, up to 1.5 cm diam. at apex; tube subcylindrical; lobes pale yellow, fleshy, subequal to the tube, ovate or oblong, revolute to patent upto 1 cm long. Stamens 24-30, hypogynous, pairwise connate, glabrous; filaments up to 2 mm long. Pistil rudiment pilose. Female flowers subsessile. Calyx lobes 4, ovate-rotundate or oblong, green, glabrous inside, 1-1.5 cm long. Corolla white, trumpet-shaped, 1.5-2 cm long; tube cylindrical, 1 cm long; lobes as long as tube, ovate, obtuse. Staminodes 4-5 or 8-10, glabrous. Ovary densely sericeous, 8-10-celled; styles 4-5, simple, erect or rather patent. Fruit globose or depressed globose, fleshy, densely rusty or yellowish velutinous, edible, 5-12 cm long, 4-10-seeded; mesocarp fleshy, pinkish, pulp white or cream. Fruiting calyx flattened, adpressed to the fruit base, 2.5-3.5 cm diam.; lobes 1-1.5 cm long, 1-2 cm wide. Seeds ellipsoid, flat-convex, upto 4 cm long; testa rough; endosprem equable.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: February-April
  District(s): Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram, Thrissur
  Habitat: Grown as ornamental tree
  Distribution: Native of Philippines
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
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