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  Diospyros ghatensis
  Citation:  Diospyros ghatensis Ramesh & Franceschi, Blumea 38: 131. 1993; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 271. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 193. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 230. 1998; V. Singh, Monogr. Indian Diospyros 108. 2005.
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  Description: Dioecious trees, to 25 m high, bark surface brownish-black, smooth; blaze dull yellow; young branchlets hirsute and glabrous on maturity; axillary buds covered by imbricate, cauducous scales; young shoots with several scars of fallen scales at base. Leaves simple, alternate, bifarious, estipulate; petiole 3-11 mm long, slender, glabrous; lamina 3-13.5 x 3-6 cm, elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, base acute or attenuate, apex acuminate, margin entire, glabrous, coriaceous; lateral nerves 3-6 pairs, pinnate, prominent, intercostae reticulate, faint. Flowers unisexual, creamy white; male flowers: sessile, in axillary cymes of 1.8 cm long, brown tomentose; bracts imbricately arranged, persistent, suborbicular, abaxial side tomentose, adaxial side glabrous, margin ciliate; calyx 3 mm long, tomentose outside, glabrous inside; lobes 4, 2 mm long, ovate, acute; corolla creamy white, sparsely hairy outside, glabrous inside; tube 6 mm long; lobes 4, obliquely ovate; stamens 16, in opposite pairs, 2.5-4 mm long; connective slightly hairy; pistillode about 1 mm across, glabrous, 8-grooved, with bifid apex; female flowers unknown. Fruit a berry, to 2.5 cm across, globose, solitary on a peduncle with several bract scars, glabrous, 4-celled; fruiting calyx not very accrescent, about 1 cm across; seeds 1-4, flat, 1.3 cm long, albumen not ruminate.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: April-November
  District(s): Idukki, Palakkad, Kollam, Thrissur
  Habitat: Semi-evergreen and evergreen forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Creamy, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: -1200
  Localities: Peechi, Vellanimala, Kallar, Arjunankotta, Walayar, Merchiston, Yerur
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