Panicled Ebony
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Panicled Ebony
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Panicled Ebony • Kannada: ಕರೆ ಮರ kare mara • Malayalam: ഇല്ലെകട്ട illekatta, കാരി kari, കരിവെള്ള karivella • Marathi: टेंबुरणी temburni • Sanskrit: तिन्दुक tinduka • Tamil: காரி kari, கருந்துவரை karu-n-tuvarai
Botanical name: Diospyros paniculata    Family: Ebenaceae (Ebony family)

Panicled Ebony is a tree up to 16 m tall. Bark is black, smooth; blaze dull orange. Young branchlets are round, covered by black, sooty hairs. Leaves are simple, alternate, distichous. Leaf-stalks are 0.5-1.1 cm long, flat, hairless. Leaves are 9-27 x 3.5-8 cm, usually narrow elliptic-oblong to lanceolate, tip pointed to long-pointed with blunt tip, base narrow to rounded, margin entire, leathery with minute pellucid dotted beneath, strongly and closely net-veined on both surfaces. Midrib is raised above; secondary nerves 6-9 pairs. Flowers are unisexual; male flowers in axillary paniculed cymes; female flowers in leaf axils, solitary or 2-5 flowered cymes. Sepals are covered with black sooty hairs. Berry is ovoid covered with rusty and sooty hairs when young, later hairless. Panicled Ebony is endemic to the Western Ghats, found in wet evergreen forests up to 1200 m.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed at Anshi, Karnataka.
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