Manilkara hexandra

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Manilkara hexandra (Roxb.) Dubard
  • Synonyms : Mimusops hexandra Roxb.
  • Common Name : Rayan, Ceylon Iron Wood, Milk Tree, Wedge-Leaved Ape Flower
  • Plant Family : Sapotaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Basan

About Manilkara hexandra Plant :

  • Habit : A large, evergreen slow growing tree.
  • Leaves : Obovate, oblong emarginated, dark-green, coriaceous, petioles grooved.
  • Inflorescence : Solitary or in fascicles of 2-6.
  • Flowers :
    • Calyx segments hairy, reflexed, ovate.
    • Corolla-lobes nearly 18, in 2-series of 6 and 12.
    • Stamens 6, staminodes 6, alternate, with the stamens, bifid.
    • Ovary 12-celled.
  • Fruit : Berry yellow, fleshy, 1-2 seeded.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : September-December
  • Significance :
    • The fruits are edible and selled.
    • The wood is hard and tough much used for making sugar mills and oil presses.