Diospyros pruriens Dalzell

  • Family : EBENACEAE
    (Ebony Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : BISTENDU FAMILY (बिसतॆंदु फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : EBENACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Diospyros pruriens Dalzell
  • Vernacular name : Illakkatta, Paikkettu (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Evergreen forests
  • Comments / notes : Occasional in semi-evergreen forests
  • Key identification features : A small tree, branchlets and young parts fulvous-hirsute. Leaves elliptic or elliptic-oblong. Male fl: peduncles axillary, 1-3-flowered. Female fl: solitary, arranged at the ends of the branches in the axils of the leaves. Fruit ovoid-conical, clothed with fulvous stinging hairs, supported by the persistent deflexed non-accrescent calyx-lobes. Seeds 4; endosperm not ruminate
  • Flower, Fruit : February-May
  • Collection Nos : Talbot 3067, Raghavan 62970, HFP 129
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Uttara Kannada district, Dakshina Kannada district, Chikkamagaluru district, Hassan district, Shivamogga district, Udupi district, Hassan district
    • Kerala : Kasaragod district, Kannur district, Wayanad district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Idukki district
    • Maharashtra : Kolhapur district
  • Native : India
  • Endemism : Western Ghats
  • World Distribution : India
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 - Flora of Hassan district, Karnataka; Cecil J. Saldanha, S. R. Ramesh (1984). Flora of Karnataka State vol. 1. Oxford and IBH Publishing Co, New Delhi; Balakrishna Gowda & A.N. Sringesh 2004 – Sringeri (checklist unpublished); Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 – Flora of Coorg district; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; Sasidharan, N. 2011.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 pruriens. Downloaded on 22 January 2022.

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