Miliusa tomentosa

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Miliusa tomentosa (Roxb.) Fenet & Gangnepain.
  • Synonyms : Uvaria tomentosa Roxb., Saccopetalum tomentosum Hk. F. & Th.
  • Common Name : Hoom, Umbh, Umbho
  • Plant Family : Annonaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Miliusa tomentosa Plant :

  • Habit : A tall tree with dark blackish-brown, deep, longitudinally fissured bark.
  • Leaves : Alternate, ovate-oblong, glabrous, petiolate, young leaves glossy, turn glabrous and rough on maturity.
  • Flowers :
    • Flowers greenish on slender pedicels, solitary or in pairs opposite the leaf.
    • Sepals linear-lanceolate.
    • Petals 6, in two whorls of 3 each, outer sepaloid, inner oblong-obovate.
  • Fruits : Dark purple, sub-globose, tomentose, stipitate.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : March  - June
  • Significance :
    • The wood is used for rafters.
    • Berries are edible.