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ative Photo: Kiran Srivastava
Common name: Dhaman • Hindi: Dhamani • Tamil: Unu • Malayalam: Unnam • Telugu: Cahrachi • Kannada: ತಡಸಲ್(ಲು) Tadasal ಬುತ್ತೇಲೆ Buttele, ಕೆಂದಲಸು Kendalasu • Bengali: Dhamin • Sanskrit: धनु व्रिक्ष Dhanu vriksha
Botanical name: Grewia tiliifolia    Family: Tiliaceae (Phalsa family)
Synonyms: Grewia arborea, Grewia rotunda, Grewia inaequalis

Dhaman is a moderate-sized to large tree, attaining a bole length of about 30 ft. and a girth of 7 ft. or more. Bark grey or dark brown; leaves stipulate, ovate with oblique base, acuminate, crenate-dentate; flowers small, borne on thick axillary peduncles; drupe globose and of the size of a pea, 2-4 lobed, black and edible. Dhaman is a very close cousin of Phalsa फ़ाल्सा. The yellow flower resembles the true Phalsa flower very much. The main difference is in the leaves. The leaves of Dhaman are oblique heart-shaped, a characteristic shared by the Linden trees, which belong to the genus Tilia. The botanical name tiliifolia means, leaves resembling Tilia. Flowering: April.

Identification credit: Kiran Srivastava Photographed in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai.

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