Black-Bark Persimmon
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Black-Bark Persimmon
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Black-Bark Persimmon • Kannada: Karugaana, Karugana, Piccane • Malayalam: Irumpalei • Tamil: Irambali, Iramballi, Irampalai • Telugu: Alli, Chinna-ullingi, Chinnavullinji
Botanical name: Diospyros ferrea    Family: Ebenaceae (Ebony family)
Synonyms: Diospyros angustifolia, Diospyros vera, Diospyros ferrea

Black-Bark Persimmon is a small trees up to 4 m tall, with bark dark grey, fissured, rough. Leaves are alternate, 1-2.5 x 1-1.8 cm, obovate-oblong or spoon-shaped, base wedge-shaped to narrowed, tip blunt to notched, leathery; leaf-stalk up to 2 mm long. Flowers arise 1-3 fasicled in leaf-axils, white. Male flower have sepal-cup pale yellowish, about 2 mm long, cup-shaped, sepals 3, 1-1.5 mm long, triangular-ovate, pointed. Flower tube is 5-6 mm long, tubular, petals 3, 1-1.5 mm long, oblong-ovate, pointed ; stamens 6, about 2 mm long. Female flowers are similar to male one; ovary about 2 mm long, spherical, silky-velvet-hairy, stigmas 3. Berry is 5-7 mm long, nearly spherical, yellow to brownish red. Seeds 1-3, about 4 mm long, wedge-shaped. Black-Bark Persimmon is native to Tropical Africa, India to SW Pacific.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in cultivation at FRLHT (TDU) Garden, Bengaluru.

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