Diospyros montana

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Diospyros montana Roxb.
  • Synonyms : Diospyros cordifolia Roxb.
  • Common Name : Dheki, Makrol, Bombay Ebony
  • Plant Family : Ebenaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Diospyros montana Plant :

  • Habit : A small armed tree with bark dark grey, rough uneven.
  • Leaves : Oblong, ovate-oblong or ovate-lanceolate, almost glabrous.
  • Flowers : Creamy-white corolla with light brown markings, axillary males in cymes of 3, female solitary.
  • Fruits : Drupe globose, green when young, yellow when ripe and fall down to become dark brown.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : February - July
  • Significance :
    • Fruits are poisonous.
    • Crushed leaves are used as fish poison.
    • There are reports suggesting that various parts of the plant is used in fever, dysuria, gravel, neuralgia, pleurisy, pneumonia, menorrhagia and flooding, puerperal fever, diarrhoea and poisonous spider-bite .
    • Bark extract is significant anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic.