Diospyros bourdillonii Brandis

  • Family : EBENACEAE
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Ebenaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Diospyros bourdillonii Brandis
  • Vernacular name : Kakkakarimaram, Karikkodal, Karinthuvara, Makarimaram, Therikku (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Evergreen forests
  • Comments / notes : Endemic to Western Ghats, found at an altitude between 300 and 1000m elevations. (Ramesh & Franceschi, 1993)
  • Key identification features : A large tree. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, coriaceous. Male fl: white in short axillary cymes. Calyx campanulate, 5-lobed. Female fl: in short dense clusters on old wood. Fruit subglobose, hard, woody; fruiting calyx hard, woody, tomentose, appressed to the basal part of the fruit. Seeds oblong-oval; endosperm not ruminate
  • Flower, Fruit : February-December
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Dakshina Kannada district, Udupi district, Kodagu (Coorg) district
    • Kerala : Kannur district, Kozhikode district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
  • Native : India
  • Endemism : Western Ghats
  • World Distribution : India
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Ramesh and Pascal 1992. Five new additions to the flora of Karnataka. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. Vol. 90 July, 1992; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Diospyros bourdillonii. Downloaded on 14 December 2019.


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