Diospyros oocarpa Thwaites, Enum. Pl. Zeyl. 180 1860. ;
dy-oh-SPY-ros or dy-oh-SPEE-ros — wheat (fruit) of the godsDave’s Botanary
oo-oh-KAR-puh — egg-shaped fruitDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: Andamans marblewood, egg-fruited ebony, zebrawood • Malayalam: കരിങ്കാളി karinkaali, കരുങ്ങാലി karungngaali • Tamil: வெள்ளைக்கருங்காலி vellai-k-karunkali
Native to: India, Sri Lanka

Habit- Trees up to 25 m tall.
Trunk & Bark- Bark blackish brown, flakes; blaze brown.
Branches and Branchlets- Branchlets terete, fulvous pubescent when young.
Leaves- Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; petiole to 0.6-1.1 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 5-12 x 3-7.5 cm, narrow ovate to ovate, apex acute to acuminate with blunt tip, base acute, margin entire, coriaceous, glabrous, drying brown; midrib flat above; secondary nerves 5-8, not prominent, lower most pairs close; tertiary nerves obscure.
Inflorescence / Flower- Flowers unisexual, dioecious; male flowers in axillary sessile clusters, cream; female flowers 1-3, axillary.
Fruit and Seed- Berry, oblong-ovoid, 2.3 x 3.5 cm, rugose; calyx persistent; 1-seed per cell.
Canopy to subcanopy trees in evergreen forests, up to 800 m.
Western Ghats and Sri Lanka; in the Western Ghats- common in Central and North Malanad of Central Sahyadri.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry from India Biodiversity Portal)


Anshi Ghat :: Diospyros oocarpa :: DVFEB18/51 : 2 posts by 1 author. 7 images.
Anshi Ghat Karnataka
Date: 25 MAY 2013 … Altitude: 340 – 380 m asl
Diospyros oocarpa Thwaites  (family: Ebenaceae)


Names of Plants in India :: Diospyros oocarpa Thwaites: 1 image.

dy-oh-SPY-ros or dy-oh-SPEE-ros — wheat (fruit) of the gods … Dave’s Botanary
oo-oh-KAR-puh — egg-shaped fruit … Dave’s Botanary

commonly known as: Andamans marblewood, egg-fruited ebony, zebrawood • Kannada: ಸ೦ಗಮರಿ ಮರ sangamari mara • Konkani: ತಾಂತಿಂರೂಪ್ ಬೀಟ್ तांतिरूप् बीट् tantirup beet • Malayalam: കരിങ്കാളി karinkaali, കരുങ്ങാലി karungngaali • Tamil: சிதேக்கதிரம் cite-k-katiram, வெள்ளைக்கருங்காலி vellai-k-karunkali

botanical namesDiospyros oocarpa Thwaites … synonyms: no known synonyms … POWO

Bibliography / etymology

~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
Andamans marblewood, zebrawood
egg-fruited ebony
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
ಸ೦ಗಮರಿ ಮರ sangamari mara
  • name given for want of name – ಸ೦ಗಮರಿ ಮರ sangamari mara – name borrowed from the popular commercial name – marblewood; refers to the graining and texture of wood
~~~~~ KONKANI ~~~~~
ತಾಂತಿಂರೂಪ್ ಬೀಟ್ तांतिरूप् बीट् tantirup beet
  • name given for want of name – ತಾಂತಂರೂಪ್ tantirup = form of egg (egg-like); ಬೀಟ್ beet = ebony fruit … name coined from the descriptive epithet oocarpa
~~~~~ MARATHI ~~~~~
दक्षिणी आबनूस dakshini aabnus
  • name given for want of name – दक्षिणी dakshini = southern; आबनूस aabnus = ebony … named so for its restricted distribution in Western Ghats of southern India and Sri Lanka
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
കരിങ്കാളി karinkaali, കരുങ്ങാലി karungngaali
  • Many thanks to Vinaya Raj for help with these names sought from Plant Dictionary in Malayalam by Prof. Mathew Thamarakkad and Dr. M Ramesh
~~~~~ TAMIL ~~~~~
சிதேக்கதிரம் cite-k-katiram
  • for egg-fruited ebony … Tamil lexicon [Madras], University of Madras
வெள்ளைக்கருங்காலி vellai-k-karunkali
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