Botanical name: Diospyros vera Family: Ebenaceae (Ebony family)
Synonyms: Diospyros angustifolia (Miq.) Kosterm. [Illegitimate], Maba nigrescens
Narrow-Leaved Ebony is a small tree, up to 10 m tall. Bark is brown, tubercled; blaze light orange yellow. Branchlets are round with short internodes, terminal young branchlets are densely yellow hairy. Leaves are simple, alternate. Leaf stalk is up to 0.5 cm long, rusty hairy when young. Leaves are 2.2-8 x 1-2.5 cm, narrow-elliptic, tip bluntly pointed to blunt, base narrow, margin thick and distinctly wavy, leathery, hairy when young, otherwise hairless above. Flowers are dioecious - male flowers are 3 in axillary clusters, female flowers occur singly in leaf axils. Flowers are white. Berry is ellipsoid, to 1 cm long. Fruiting sepals are 3, slightly enlarged. Narrow-Leaved Ebony is endemic to the Western Ghats - mostly confined to Central Sahyadri above Chikmagalur Region.
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