Botanical name: Mammea suriga Family: Clusiaceae (garcinia family)
Synonyms: Calophyllum suriga
Surangi is a medium size endemic tree confined to Western Ghats. Leaves 6-8, thickly coriaceous, dark green, base rounded, mid rib stout prominent, veins few, indistint, very slender, and nery beautiful in appearance; petiole short. The flowers have an uncanny resemblance to those of Sultan Champa. Infact, one of its synonyms puts it in the same genus as Sultan Champa. It sports beautiful rounded buds, which bloom into four-petaled white flowers. The petals are wide and rounded, and there is a mass of yellow stamens at the center. The flowers are extremely fragrant, and its powerful scent can hit our nostrils even from a distance, say, half a kilometre. Fruit is 1 in long, obliquely ovoid, 1-seeded.
Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
The flower labeled Surangi is ...