Tree ID please: 2 image.
But unable to see much details required for proper id.
When and where was it clicked?

e ID the tree.

The image is not clear.
Pl. post a high res. image to see the details.

Due to file size restrictions, I am not able to send the video. I am sending again screenshots of the plant.

Still images are not clear.

For the last two days a video that shows white fruits being used to light match sticks.

It’s fake. As no such fruit exists.

It appears to be a tree of Diospyros melanoxylon (locally known as tendu or temburni).

Video makers have smartly used white cement to wrap the terminal ends of branches, which gives an appearance like fruit.

The chemical that they have poured in glass used to light the match stick is sulfuric acid. Perhaps the same they have applied to fabricated fruits on trees.

Do not share and promote such videos!
Mayur Nandikar

गेल्या दोन दिवसांपासून पांढऱ्या फळांचा वापर मॅचच्या काड्या पेटवण्यासाठी केला जात असल्याचे चित्र आहे तसा व्हिडीओ सामाजिक माध्यमावर प्रसारित केला जातोय!

तो बनावट आहे.

निसर्गात असे कोणतेही फळ नाही!

हे झाड डायओस्पायरॉस मेलॅनॉक्सिलॉन (स्थानिक भाषेत तेंदू किंवा टेंभुर्णी म्हणून ओळखले जाते) चे असल्याचे दिसते.

व्हिडीओ निर्मात्यांनी चतुराईने पांढऱ्या सिमेंटचा वापर फांद्यांच्या टोकांना गुंडाळण्यासाठी केला आहे, जे फळासारखे दिसते.

माचिसची काडी पेटवण्यासाठी त्यांनी ग्लासमध्ये जे रसायन ओतले ते सल्फ्यूरिक ऍसिड आहे. कदाचित तेच त्यांनी झाडांवरील फॅब्रिकेटेड फळांवर लावले असेल.

असे व्हिडिओ शेअर आणि प्रचार करू नका!

मयूर नंदीकर
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The video is fake because:
From my friend 👇
1. All fruit are on the tip of the twig.
2. Have a close look while the lady is taking out the fruit from tip of twig not by plucking.
3. Fruit is deflecting when copper wire is being kept closure.
4. When fruit is put inside the glass, some sound is generating which not possible by any fruit.
5. Match stick contains an oxidizing agent such as potassium chlorate, mixed with sulfur, fillers and glass powder and fire when we provide friction from any rough surface and or on such surface coated with phosphorus, binder and glass powder.
6. As per my knowledge and believe hardly any fruit phosphorus gas which may influence to light up the match stick.
7. People involved in making video not giving any clue for which purpose they have made so much efforts.

Yes a Fake fruits, we have already discussed in our WhatsApp group.

May be after all true. It could be Semecarpus anacardium, fruits are white when young (hence name White Biba or Safed Bhilawa) turn brown when mature.

I could not find a single image of S. anacardium with white fruit except those in fake videos.

Replies from Pankaj ji from whatsapp:
1. Just an observation. If you look closely the stalk under the fruits are channelled and the base of that stalk is segmented. Which basically means that the fruits have been attached to a petiole and the hey are not on peduncle. But yes the fruits do look like Semecarpus anacardium. So it means someone is indeed playing a trick.
2. Same goes for this plant. Semecarpus leaves I don’t remember they turn reddish but yes Kendu/Tendu does have reddish leaves in the beginning.

I wonder, if this is also fake

And these
In any case worth investigation

All seems to have been circulated deliberately, to create genuine confusion.
If any past books/ literature shows white fruits of S.anacardium, then only we can think of these as not being planted.

Why are all images out of focus? Can you post clear image showing all aspects of the fruit / plant and fruit attachment to the plant?

This picture is from a video, which was circulated on whatsapp groups.

The images that I shared has been proved to be fake. Thank you for your attention


Reg. Identification of this tree species in these videos, which has become viral now:

I came across these youtube videos by some persons describing a tree with white seeds similar to those of Semecarpus anacardium, on the borders of Telangana and Maharashtra. They are calling it as “Safed Bhilawa, Safed BiBa, Tella jeedi chettu”.
The videos are going viral with those men in the videos are selling these seeds at huge prices(50 lakh per kg), which are supposedly used for “vasikarana” & medicinal use.

I want to know, if this videos are real and such a tree exists, in the literature(both scientific and Indian traditional). I havent got across any literary reference to such a tree/plant.

Not Sure but Semecarpus anacardium is Possibility, locally Safed Bhilawa or White Biba
Available even Indiamart

So far enquiries does prove that it is fake.
We have to treat it like that until confirmed.

But, wondering, how come there is no literary reference to this variety of Semicarpus Anacardium.

Yes, that is the reason why these are likely to be fake news.


Tree for ID, online video NAW-23-10-01:
a strange request out of curiosity. someone forwarded me this video
which shows a rather dangerous tree whose white fruits spontaneously light up match sticks. they mention the local name as Pandava Patti, which has been identified as Callicarpa tomentosa, but the tree in the video is clearly not C. tomentosa.
The location alluded to in the video is Chandrapur which might refer to the forests of east Maharashtra though the uploader of the video is in Mizoram.
The video does seem genuine and not a stunt, hence i dared to link it on this group as a enquiry.

This video was posted long back in the group , if I remember right.  This is being circulated on whats app for the last one year . Even now I received  from 3 to 4 members.
For me it looks FAKE. 

If nobody on this forum can identify the species, i take the video to be fake. it is impossible that such a striking behavior by a plant is unknown to this forum.

The video may not be fake. There is another plant which has similar properties. See this link for details:
To quote from the site
 “Another common name for this plant is gas plant. In hot weather, old flowers or seed pods emit a flammable oil which, on a windless summer evening, can be ignited with a match resulting in a brief vapor burn which is harmless to the plant, hence the common name.”

PS: The plant I pointed out emits a vapour which can be ignited with a burning match, which is different from a match spontaneously catching fire. But the phenomenon is not so far fetched.