Box-Leaf Persimmon
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Box-Leaf Persimmon
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Box-Leaf Persimmon • Kannada: Kunchigana mara
Botanical name: Diospyros buxifolia    Family: Ebenaceae (Ebony family)
Synonyms: Diospyros elegantissima, Diospyros microphylla, Diospyros munda

Box-Leaf Persimmon is a trees, up to 30 m high, bole buttressed; bark 5-6 mm thick, blackish-grey, mottled with white, brittle; branchlets densely golden yellow hairy. Leaves are simple, alternate, bifarious, 1-4.5 x 0.6-2 cm, elliptic-ovate, ovate, ovate-oblong or ovate-lanceshaped, tip pointed, base pointed or wedge-shaped,margin entire, leathery; leaf-stalk 2-3 mm, slender; hairless above and velvet-hairy beneath; lateral nerves 2-3 pairs. Flowers are unisexual, white. Male flowers are 2-3 mm, 1-4 together in nearly stalkless small in leaf-axils cymes; sepal-cup densely fulvous-hairy outside; sepals 4. Flowers are bell-shaped, tube 0.1-0.15 cm long; petals 4, round; stamens 16, in pairs. Female flowers are 7-8 mm, solitary, nearly stalkless; sepal-cup and flower as in male flowers. Fruit is a berry, 1.5-1.8 x 1.0-1.2 cm, oblong, pointed, purple, hairless. Flowering:: March-May.

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

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