Diospyros ovalifolia Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 4: t. 1227 1848.;

S. India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh as per WCSP;


Habit- Trees up to 12 m tall.

Branches and Branchlets- Young branches terete, sparse adpressed hairy.
Leaves- Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; petiole 0.5-1.0 cm long, canaliculate, glabrous; lamina 5-13 x 1.5-5 cm, usually narrow obovate, apex obtuse to rounded, base acute to cuneate, margin entire, coriaceous, glabrous, midrib canaliculate above; stout beneath; secondary nerves 6-9 pairs; tertiary nerves broadly reticulate.
Inflorescence / Flower- Flowers unisexual, dioecious; male flowers in axillary clusters usually on older branches, yellow; female flowers solitary or in clusters of 2-6, in leaf axils or on older branches.
Fruit and Seed- Berry, subsessile, globose, to 2 cm across; fruiting calyx reflexed; seeds 1.
Canopy trees in dry evergreen forests, up to 800 m.
Peninsular India & Sri Lanka; in the Western Ghats- leeward side of South 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)


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Help in I’d of Diospyros species : 10 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)- 1 mb. 

Found the seeds and fruits under trees in Yelagiri hills of Eastern ghats around 1400MSL.


Looks like soapnut (Sapindus fruits)  ???


It is Diospyros ovalifolia; (Identification based on seed)


Doubtful ID. Does not match. 

Please check the dried fruits of soapnut .  


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Where 2 images attached; it is a rather rare species.

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Interested to know where was this species taken?


Thanks, …, for the id.
Yes matches with specimen in GBIF.




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