Mimusops elengi

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Mimusops elengi L.
  • Common Name : Borsalli, Bakul, Spanish Cherry
  • Plant Family : Sapotaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 2, 4, 15-17, 23, 24, 27
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Infocity

About Mimusops elengi Plant :

  • Habit : A small evergreen tree with a compact leafy head.
  • Leaves : Elliptic, acute.
  • Inflorescence : Solitary or in fascicle of 2-6.
  • Flowers :
    • White, fragrant, pedicle deflexed.
    • Calyx hairy, segments 8, the outer 4, ovate lanceolate, the 4 inner narrower than outer.
    • Corolla longer than calyx lobes 24, in 2-series, the inner series of 8, the outer of 16, linear, oblong, acute.
    • Stamens 8, filaments short, anthers slightly twisted, staminodes 8, alternate with the stamens, lanceolate, hairs white.
    • Ovary hairy, 6-8 celled, style grooved.
  • Fruit : Berry ovoid, yellow, 1-seeded.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : January-April
  • Significance :
    • Planted in the gardens and road-side everywhere.
    • The fragrant flowers are used for making garlands and much used by Indian ladies to wear in hairs.
    • A delightful perfume is distilled from the flowers.