Elephant apple, Large-flowered delinia, Girnar or Hondapara tree, Indian catmon, Hondapara Tree, Ma-tad • Hindi: चलता Chalta, Karambel • Nepali: पांच फल Paanca phal, Panca kule, राम फल Ram phal, ठूलो तातरी Thulo tatri • Sanskrit: Avartaki; English: Elephant apple; Sans: Bharija; Hindi & Beng: Chalta; Guj & Mar: Karambel, Karmal; Tel: Pedakalinga, Uva; Tam: Uva; Kan: Betta kanigala; Mal: Chalita, Punna; Oryia: Uva; Assam: Chalita, Outenga Nepal: Ramphal; Trade: Dillenia;
 
It is eaten as raw or used in chatnis but most popular recipe is with small fishes (curry) in my area at Assam;   
Fruits are used to make pickles. The pulp is also used as a Shampoo to was hair by the local tribes;    

 

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Fruit & Vegetable Week- Dillenia indica L.: This is Dillenia indica L. (Dilleniaceae) in flower and fruit. It is eaten
as raw or used in chatnis but most popular recipe  is with small fishes (curry) in my area at Assam.


  

 

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Dillenia indica
Loc.: Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh (ca 500m)
Local name: Ou-tenga (Assamese)
Uses: Fruits are used to make pickles. The pulp is also used as a Shampoo to was hair by the local tribes.


 

 

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Dillenia indica-fruiting: Here’s sharing the fruiting of Dillenia indica at Rani Baug, Mumbai  on 6 Feb., 2011. In the forest of Mumbai we see Dillenia pentagyna Roxb.

 I more appreciate chatni made out of it



 

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Dillenia indica – Elephant Apple: 12th Main, Indiranagar, Bangalore 


 

 

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VALMIKI : OBSERVER OF NATURE:  Valmiki mentioned BHAVYA in his Ramayan. Scientifically this tree is known as Dillenia indica. It is known as CHALTA in Hindi and Bangla.
Found in damp evergreen forests at the foot of the Himalayas from, Nepal eastwards. It becomes plentiful from S Kanara southwards (Distribution is from Edible Wild Plants of The Himalayas by R L Badhwar and R R Fernandez). The white flower reminds one of the flower of Magnolia Grandiflora. Attaching an image of Dillenia indica.


 
Flora of Haryana – Dillenia indica from Pinjore Garden: Dillenia indica from Pinjore Garden
Family- Dilleniaceae
Link to Foi
http://www.flowersofindia.in/catalog/slides/Elephant%20Apple.html 


thats chalta, a very popular shrub/tree in bengal 


 

 

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My Flora Picture of the Year – 2011 – Dillenia indica: Waited for two years to see it bloom, as I was always away when it bloomed.
Finally got a shot when it was cloudy, still waiting to get a good shot when its sunny.


Lovely photo, … Always very-2 difiicult to click an open flower


Really a complete beautiful picture. The leaves, the pollinator etc.
I liked the idea someone had described earlier : It looks as if A flower in a flower.


 

 

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Dillenia indica :  Attachments (4). 7 posts by 5 authors.
Sharing few photographs of Dillenia indica from Veer Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.
Date/Time: 23-06-2013 / 09:45AM
Family: Dilleniaceae

Great pictures …


 

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Dillenia indica :  Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author. 

A 20 foot tree in my garden in Hyderabad, A.P. About 12 to 15 year old tree.
Assamese name: Ouw tenga
Uses: Fleshy calyx is eaten fresh, cooked, dried and powered to use in summer; leaves and fruits have been used traditionally to wash hair by Mising tribe


 

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Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight :: Dilleniaceae » Dillenia indica at VJBU :: DVMAR11 : 1 post by 1 author. 5 images. Dillenia indica L. at Veermata Jeejabai Bhosale Udyan on 09 MAY 08  


 
 

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Dillenia indica at Karjat.

Sharing few photographs of Dillenia indica from Mumbai.
Date/Time: 23-06-2013 / 09:45AM
Family: Dilleniaceae

Beautiful pics again…


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Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight :: Dilleniaceae – Dillenia indica from Mumbai :: AKMAR-02 : Attachments (5). 5 posts by 3 authors.

Attached are pictures of Dillenia indica from Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai in January 2014.


Nice uploads: D. indica


 

 

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Dillenia indica, photographed from Delhi University Campus.


 

 

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This is a medium sized tree, often planted for its showy foliage, flowers are also attractive..
Dillenia indica, the Chalta” tree, recorded from Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra..


Very good photographs …


Thanks again Sir… we do not have much representation of these three families in wild in our area (Haryana), we are to satisfy with whatever cultivated species we have…


 

 

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Dillenia indica tree from Pune. Yet to catch the flowers.


Very good photograph …

Commonly known as Elephant Apple.


 

 

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Help ID this young plant190914-2. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
I came across this young plant some time back.
Place-Vypeen.
Habitat-cultivated.
Height-3feet.
 


Dillenia indica I think.

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Jan2015sk28 Hooghly – Dillenia indica L. : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (9).  

These pictures were recorded in July, 2012.


 
Dillenia indica L. (accepted name) : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Location: Lal bagh, Bangalore, India 
Altitude: 3000 ft.
Date: 6 September 2015
Nepali Names : पाँच फल Panch Phal / रामफल Raamphaal / चल्ता Chaltaa / पाँच कुले Paanch Kule / ठुलो तातरी Thulo Taataree 

 

 

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Bettada kanagale ?? : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Location: Lal Bagh, Bangaluru
Elevation : 3000 ft.
Date : 6 September 2015
Habit : Cultivated

I know this, but unable to recall now.   


Dillenia indica L. (Dilleniaceae)

Thanks, … Yes, I was thinking of this only. 

Is it Dillenia indica?

Yes, …


I guess it is Dillenia indica !

 

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in early July’07 at Narenderpur near in Kolkata; Chandigarh– Jan’10?; Lonavala, Maharashtra: 09 Jul.2010; Dibrugarh rural market, Assam; Namdapha forest (Arunachal Pradesh) 21 Jul 2010; Jaipur (Assam)- 18 Jul 2010; Narendrapur near Kolkata city; Trees of Delhi- Does not flower here. Beautiful Trees & Shrubs of Calcutta- flowers mostly in rainy season (June-August). Elephant apple tree- Bengal – efloraofindia | Google Groups
dillenia indica : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 3 mb.
July 2020 at pune


For me the ID is correct.


Though I have confirmed now I realise that the flower (your photograph) looks slightly different from what I have seen here.Please compare the images in this publication of mine.

https://starofmysore.com/tree-facts-elegant-elephant-apple/


Thanks, … Id is correct as Dillenia indica L. as per comparative images at Dillenia

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