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Description for Rakta Roda, Diospyros virginiana
Small trees to 4 m tall; bark dark grey, fissured, rough. Leaves alternate, 1-2.5 x 1-1.8 cm, obovate-oblong or spathulate, base cuneate to attenuate, apex obtuse to emarginate, coriaceous; petiole to 2 mm long. Flowers 1to3, in axillary fascicles, white. Male flower: calyx pale yellowish, c. 2 mm long, cup-shaped, lobes 3, 1-1.5 mm long, triangular-ovate, acute; corolla tube 5 -6 mm long, tubular, lobes 3, 1 -1.5 mm long, oblong-ovate, acute ; stamens 6, c. 2 mm long. Female flower: similar to male one; ovary c. 2 mm long, globose, silky-pubescent, stigmas 3. Berry 5-7 mm long, subglobose, yellow to brownish red. Seeds 1-3, c. 4 mm long, wedge-shaped.
Planting and care
Narrow-Leaved Ebony is a small tree, up to 10 m tall. Bark is brown, tubercled; blaze light orange yellow. Branchlets are round with short internodes, terminal young branchlets are densely yellow hairy.
Leaves are simple, alternate. Leaf stalk is up to 0.5 cm long, rusty hairy when young. Leaves are 2.2-8 x 1-2.5 cm, narrow-elliptic, tip bluntly pointed to blunt, base narrow, margin thick and distinctly wavy, leathery, hairy when young, otherwise hairless above.
Caring for Rakta Roda
- Flowers are dioecious - male flowers are 3 in axillary clusters, female flowers occur singly in leaf axils.
- Flowers are white. Berry is ellipsoid, to 1 cm long.
- Fruiting sepals are 3, slightly enlarged. Narrow-Leaved Ebony is endemic to the Western Ghats mostly confined to Central Sahyadri above Chikmagalur Region.
Typical uses of Rakta Roda
Special features: Rakta Roda is valued for their hard, heavy, dark timber, and some of their fruit. Some are used as ornamentals and many are of local ecological importance.
Culinary use: Not defined
Ornamental use: The plant is used for the ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Not defined
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This Exotic Plant looks so beautiful.
Looking Good ....survived!!!!!!
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