Dev Jambhul
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Dev Jambhul
ative Photo: Mangesh Khamkar
Common name: Dev Jambhul • Malayalam: Kollinjaval • Marathi: Dev Jambhul
Botanical name: Syzygium laetum    Family: Myrtaceae (Bottlebrush family)

Dev Jambhul is a rare tree up to 7 m tall. Bark is white, smooth; blaze brown. Branchlets are round, slender, hairless. Leaves are simple, opposite, carried on 0.5-0.7 cm long stalks. Leaves are 6.5-13.5 x 2.5-6 cm, usually elliptic, sometimes narrow-elliptic, tip long-pointed, sometimes falling off. Base is narrow to flat or wedge-shaped. Flowers are borne in terminal or axillary divaricate cymes or solitary. Flowers are large, showy, with numerous red stamens flaring out. Berry is ovoid, 2.5-3 cm long, crowned with persistent sepals. Dev Jambhul is endemic to southern Western Ghats to South, Central and south Maharashtra Sahyadris.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Karnataka.

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