N. & E. Madagascar, Trop. & Subtrop. Asia to N. Queensland as per WCSP (Donella lanceolata (Blume) Aubrév.);
Assam; Bangladesh; Borneo; Cambodia; China South-Central; China Southeast;
Hainan; India; Jawa; Laos; Madagascar; Malaya; Myanmar; New Guinea; Philippines;
Queensland; Solomon Is.; Sri Lanka; Sulawesi; Sumatera; Thailand; Vietnam
as per Catalogue of life (Donella lanceolata (Blume) Aubrév.);
Lawulu, Star Apple, Malayalam: Noolambazham, Pulichakka, Aatha, Athapala;

Trees up to 30 m tall.

Trunk\bark- Bark dark grey, with longitudinally arranged corky lenticels; blaze cream.
Branchlets- Young branchlets terete, rusty tomentose, later glabrous.
Exudates- Latex white, profuse.
Leaves- Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; petiole 0.5-0.8 cm long, canaliculate, pubescent when young, later glabrous; lamina 7-15 x 2-4 cm, narrow oblong to elliptic-oblong, apex caudate-acuminate with blunt tip, base slightly asymmetric and attenuate, margi
Flowers- Inflorescence axillary dense clusters; flowers white; pedicel 0.3-0.5 cm long.
Fruit & seed- Berry, globose 2.5-3.5 cm across, 5-6 locular; seeds 1, brown, shining, to 1.9 cm long.
Canopy trees in wet evergreen forests up to 1400 m.
Tropical Asia; in the Western Ghats- South and Central Sahyadri.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry



Has anyone come across this Sapotaceae tree?
Tree has latex, fruit is pulpy. Pulp is starchy, tastes like apple, smell like chikkoo, after eating (Sweet), latex can be felt on the lips. Also-  hidden test of burnt Caramel. Skin of the fruit is thin. Seeds 1 to 2 in a fruit.
Comes close to the Brazilian Genus Pouteria. Any ID?

Place and time of sighting may help in ID.

I suppose this may be…Chrysophyllum roxburghii.

Chrysophyllum roxburghii!




Chrysophyllum roxburghii G.Don SN June 34 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2).
Chrysophyllum roxburghii G.Don, Sapotaceae;
wild tree from Medekere area of Coorg, Karnataka


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