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  Diospyros ridleyi
  Citation:  Diospyros ridleyi Bakh., Gard. Bull. Straits Settlem. 7: 183. 1933; Vasudeva Rao, Blumea 52: 333. 2007. Diospyros pyrrhocarpoides Ramesh & Franceschi, Blumea 38: 133. 1993; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 271. 1996; V. Singh, Monogr. Indian Diospyros 213. 2005; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 501 2009.
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  Description: Dioecious trees, to 15 m high, bark brown, mottled with green, blaze yellow; branchlets slender, glabrous except in inflorescence parts. Leaves simple, alternate, bifarious, 2.5-7 x 3-13 cm, oblong, elliptic-oblong or oblong-lanceolate, base round or truncate and slightly decurrent, apex obtusely acute, margin entire, glabrous, coriaceous; lateral nerves 8-11 pairs, pinnate, slender, prominent, intercostae reticulate, slender, prominent, pellucid; petiole 6-20 mm long, slender, grooved above; estipulate. Flowers unisexual, creamy white. Male flowers: 3-4 in short subsessile cymes near the base of new shoots. Calyx 5.5 mm long, tomentose on either side; lobes 5, 2.5 mm long, triangular, acute, margin slightly reflexed. Corolla tube 6 mm long, 3 mm long, tomentose outside, glabrous inside; lobes 5, broadly ovate, acute, spreading recurved, tomentose on both side. Stamens about 20, 2.5 to 3 mm long; filaments 0-0.4 mm long; glabrous; pistillode about 1 mm across, hairy. Female flowers: solitary, sessile, near the base of young shoots. Calyx 7 mm long, densely tomentose on either side; lobes 5, 4 mm long, ovate, acute, longitudinally folded outside and slightly reflexed. Corolla tomentose except for the tube inside; tube 3 mm long; lobes ovate, bluntly acute at apex; staminodes 5 adnate to the base of corolla. Ovary superior, 3 mm across, orbicular, tomentose, 4-celled, ovule one in each cell; stigma subsessile, bilobed. Fruit a berry, 3 cm across, globose, subsessile, densely brown tomentose; fruiting calyx accrescent, strongly reflexed with thin wavy margin.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: May-June
  District(s): Kollam, Palakkad, Thrissur, Wayanad
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: Peninsular India, Andamans and Malesia
  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
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  Altitude: -600
  Localities: Vellanimala, Shenduruny, Manthampotty
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