IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU)
Diospyros paniculata Dalzell, Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 4: 109 1852.;
dy-oh-SPY-ros or dy-oh-SPEE-ros — wheat (fruit) of the gods
pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh or pan-ick-yoo-LAH-tuh — referring to the flower clusters (panicles)
commonly known as: panicle-flowered ebonyKannada: ಕರೆ ಮರ kare maraMalayalam: ഇല്ലെകട്ട illekatta, കാരി kari, കരിവെള്ള karivellaMarathi: टेंबुरणी temburniSanskrit: तिन्दुक tindukaTamil: காரி kari, கருந்துவரை karu-n-tuvarai
Endemic to: central and southern Western Ghats (of India)

Dioecious trees, to 15 m high, bark 7-8 mm thick, smooth, black often with grey blotches; blaze dull red; branchlets angular, pubescent. Leaves simple, alternate, estipulate; petiole 7-10 mm long, stout, wrinkled, puberulent when young; lamina 12-20 x 4-7 cm, oblong or oblong-lanceolate, base acute, round or cuneate, apex acute, acuminate or obtusely acuminate, margin entire, reflexed near the base, glabrous, coriaceous; lateral nerves 6-9 pairs, pinnate, prominent, intercostae reticulate, surface finely reticulate. Flowers unisexual greenish-yellow; male flowers: in 3-5 together in short panicled cymes with a pair of ovate-cordate bracts; bracts 1 x 0.8 cm, pubescent; calyx 10 x 12 mm, globose, 5-angled, minutely hispid, deeply lobed; lobes-5, ovate-obtuse, margin reflexed, prominently veined, pubescent; corolla dull or creamy white, tube 12 mm long, pentagonal, narrowed above, hispid; lobes 5, 8 x 4 mm, oblong; stamens 16-20 in pairs, equal; anthers linear, acute; pistillode absent; female flowers; solitary, axillary; pedicel to 2 cm long; bracts larger than those of the male flowers; calyx glabrescent; staminodes 10; ovary superior, 4-celled, ovule 1 in each cell, tomentose; stigma 4, unequal. Fruit a berry, 3-4 x 2-3 cm, ovoid to obovoid, obtuse, obtusely 5-angled, yellowish-brown, puberulous; calyx 1.5 x 3 cm, saccate; seeds few, 2 x 0.8 cm.

Flowering and fruiting: January-April
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
Peninsular India (Endemic)

request for id – 300110_Goa_SSN_3 : Attachments (5). 3 posts by 3 authors.

request for id of a tree.
pics taken at Mollem sanctuary, Goa on 30th Jan 2010.

Looks like Artabotrys to me!

Diospyros paniculata fruiting with persistent calyx.

Megamalai :: Diospyros tree for ID :: 211113MK001 : Attachments (8). 7 posts by 5 authors.
Please help me in identifying this tree found commonly in a semi-evergreen forests of Megamalai wls.
Tree: about 10m tall
Ovate leaf is about 8cm long.
Date: 02 Oct 2013
Alt.: 850 m asl
Place: Vellimalai RF, Theni dt., TN 

May be the Persimmon. Diospyros kaki.

Could be a species of Drypetes.

only species of Drypetes sp far in efi: Drypetes sepiaria

This seems to be Diospyros paniculata Dalz., the 4-lobed calyx with ovate lobes indicate to that species.
This species is common in W.Ghats of Kerala & Tamil Nadu.
In Tamil it is called Kari, Karunthuvarei and in Malayalam: Kari, Karivela.

ANJAN47 Please identify this tree : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (10)

Date: 28th December 2014
Place: Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka
Habit: Short tree

Diospyros sp., most probably D. paniculata, a W.Ghats endemic.

Diospyros paniculata

Images by Dinesh Valke (Inserted by J.M.Garg) 

along KSH 34 at Anshi :: Diospyros paniculata :: DVFEB51/84 : 3 posts by 3 authors. 6 images.
along Karnataka State Highway No. 34 near Anshi
Date: 21 FEB 2012 … Altitude: about 560 m asl
Diospyros paniculata Dalzell (family: Ebenaceae) 

Are all Diospyros sp dioecious?  If so, and if you are planting such a sp. in an afforestation drive, how does one ensure pollination and seed dispersion?.


180612 BRS 379:

Pl. find the attached file contain photos of Diospyros for sp. confirmation.
Location: NBNP Garden, Anaikatti, Coimbatore (640 MSL)
Date: 15 June 2012
Habitat: garden
Habit: Tree

Is this Diospyros montana?

Found images of Diospyros, though of different species

Looks like Diospyros peregrina. But flowers and fruits need to be checked before confirmation.

It is not D. peregrina. More towards D. montana as … suggested.

To me it appears more closer to Diospyros malabarica (Desr.) Kostel. as per images herein. 

Sorry, it appears more closer to Diospyros paniculata Dalzell as per images herein & as per thread: Megamalai :: Diospyros tree for ID :: 211113MK001


140119ss1 drypetes species : 9 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2)- around 850 kb each.

Found in Auroville Botaniical gardens,Tamilnadu.
Species to be ID..


Could it be Diospyros paniculata?

Diospyros paniculata seems to be a close one.

Not close one, but correct one.

Thank you …, Diospyros paniculata is closely matching.


Names of Plants in India :: Diospyros paniculata Dalzell:

dy-oh-SPY-ros or dy-oh-SPEE-ros — wheat (fruit) of the gods … Dave’s Botanary
pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh or pan-ick-yoo-LAH-tuh — referring to the flower clusters (panicles) … Dave’s Botanary

commonly known as: panicle-flowered ebony • Kannada: ಕರಿಕು ಮರ kariku mara • Malayalam: ഇല്ലെകട്ട illekatta, കാരി kari, കരിവെള്ള karivella • Marathi: टेंबुरणी temburni • Sanskrit: तिन्दुक tinduka • Tamil: காரி kari, கருந்துவரை karu-n-tuvarai

botanical namesDiospyros paniculata Dalzell … synonyms: no synonyms known … POWO

Bibliography / etymology

~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
panicle-flowered ebony
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
ಕರಿಕು ಮರ kariku mara
~~~~~ KONKANI ~~~~~
करी kari

~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~

ഇല്ലെകട്ട illekatta, കാരി kari, കരിവെള്ള karivella
~~~~~ MARATHI ~~~~~
टेंबुरणी temburni
  • Further Flowers of Sahyadri, a field guide to identify flowers of northern Western Ghats of India by Shrikant Ingalhalikar
  • or written as टेंभुरणी tembhurani … A dictionary, Marathi and English by Molesworth, J. T. (James Thomas)
~~~~~ SANSKRIT ~~~~~
तिन्दुक tinduka
~~~~~ TAMIL ~~~~~
காரி kari
கருந்துவரை karu-n-tuvarai
~~~~~ x ~~~~~





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