Andaman Bullet-Wood
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Andaman Bullet-Wood
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
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. 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. Flower-stalks are 1 inch long, clustered towards the end of branches, 1 in each axil. Flowers are 6-8 sepals, with 12-16 fertile stamens and as many staminodes. Fruit is 2.5-4 cm in diameter, 6-5 seeded.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale, K. Karthigeyan
Photographed at Radhanagar Beach, Andaman & Nicobar.
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