Andaman Bullet-Wood
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Andaman Bullet-Wood
ative Photo: Aditya Gadkari
Common name: Andaman Bullet-Wood, Sea Mohua
Botanical name: Manilkara littoralis    Family: Sapotaceae (Mahua family)
Synonyms: Mimusops littoralis, Mimusops indica, Kaukenia littoralis

Andaman Bullet-Wood is a species of sea-shore forest in Andaman islands and some other SE Asian countries. The genus name Manilkara comes from the Malayalam name Manil-kara for Manilkara kauki. It is a tree 50-80 ft tall, with all parts quite hairless. Leaves are about 7.5 inches long and 3.75 inches broad. They are leathery, elliptic-obovate, with a wedge-shaped base, carried on a 2 cm long stalk. Flowers are pale yellow to cream, having 6-8 sepals, with 12-16 fertile stamens and as many staminodes. Flower-stalks are 1 inch long, clustered towards the end of branches, 1 in each axil. Fruit is 2.5-4 cm in diameter, 6-5 seeded.

Identification credit: Aditya Gadkari, Prashant Awale, K. Karthigeyan Photographed at Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar.

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