Huge and beautiful Bakul tree (Mimusops elengi) – Near Anshi: I was amazed find this huge Bakul tree near Anshi.

If Bakul than yes its amazing, but picture here is not clear,  pls also
upload closeup photos of leaves…

Date/Time – May 2011 12.00 pm
Location – Anshi National Park
Habitat- Wild
Plant Habit- Tree
Height – 20-25 meters
Leaves – Simple, alternate, elliptic, glabrous and deep glossy green in colour
I’m attaching a picture of the leaves, but I don’t have macro shots of the leaves.

Although the pictures are nice, no characters are clear to reach a conclusion the only hint from the pictures is the bark. But, if you can get one or two leaves or a branch as a closeup shot, things would be much easy. I can imagine the height from the picture, but as I have mentioned in a previous mail please try collect pictures
from the ground and match it with the same on the tree with the aid of a binocular or a zoomed picture and take a closeup shot.

Without close-ups, its matched with stem bark, Canopy, Leaves undulations,

It is Mimusops elengi




Tree for ID:

These photographs have been taken from Kerala. Does anybody have clue on its identity?

is this Mimusops elengi (bakul) family Sapotaceae

Do you have a close up of leaf? Was there milky latex when cutting the bark?

I have a feeling that this could be Mimusops elengi of Sapotaceae family.


Is this Bakul Tree by any chance? : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

Not Bakul. May be Jamun

The right image looks like Mimusops elengi, but I am not sure.

Thanks, …  I agree with you.

Thanks Both. I’ll try to get some close up shots.

I got a close-up of one of the trees.
Hope it helps in identifying.
Attachments (2)

Any help on the above identification?

We gave our views already.

May be.


Identification of tree : Attachments (1).  5 posts by 3 authors.

I’m attaching herewith one photo of tree for your identification.

A middle sized tree; fruit not edible. Altitude : ca 1,400 m.

Please tell us the place, habitat and whether wild or not.

Place : Hmuifang, Aizawl district, Mizoram. Altitude : 1,350 – 1, 500 m.

Habitat : Near village; hilly; tree forest. It grows wild.

Could you identify this one?

If not, pl. post other and high resolution images..


Sir, sorry ! not available good photo. Probably Syzygium balsameum. But fruit not eaten.

2 images.

Casearia sp. ??

Looks different from Syzygium balsameum as per GBIF.

Looks different from Casearia also.

Can it be from Rutaceae?

This is a member of Rutaceae
Most probably Atalantia sp.
Atalantia simplicifolia (Roxb.) Engl.

The flowers do look like Rutaceae

Possibly Rutaceae from my side.

Its a species of Ilex

Sapotaceae by any chance?

What are the Ilex species reported from area ?

Sir, Ilex godajam and Ilex umbellulata are recoded in Mizoram

Are you sure that fruiting and flowering images are from the same tree ?

Leaves appear OK but Fruits are much smaller in Ilex godajam and Ilex umbellulata as per GBIF.

…  suggestion seem better as per GBIF specimens of Atalantia simplicifolia (Roxb.) Engl. :

What are the Atalantia species reported from your area?

Sir, only Atalantia simplicifolia is recorded in Mizoram

May I request you to pl. post a high resolution image of this to check with the Plant illustration

Sir, Sorry !! Good photograph is not available.

I am asking you for a high resolution version of the posted image.


Sir, photo which was taken by Roll film Camera is attached herewith for n/a. The flower one is not available because my old photos were formatted.

1 image.

I also checked with comparative images at Sapotaceae. Closest I can go is Mimusops elengi L.. It looks close, but petioles are small in the specimen.

I am having doubts about (as per GBIF specimens of) Atalantia simplicifolia (Roxb.) Engl. due to Columnar ovary/style/stigma in the flowering image.

Yes. BSI, Shilong also identified this tree as Mimusops elengi L. And Eugenia balsamea Wall by Central National Herbarium, BSI, Howrah.

If the fruiting image is Mimusops elengi L.., than flowering image will be of some other tree.

Image with flowers represents characters of Rutaceae member, whereas images with fruits are not clear enough to find exact species.

Yes, may be. But the fruiting image is also slightly different. Fruit not eaten and growing wild, not cultivated.