Rakta Roda, Diospyros virginiana - Plant

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.
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About Rakta Roda

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.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height12 inch (30 cm)
Plant Spread 3 inch (8 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Narrow-leaved ebony tree
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 15 m
Flower Colour Red,yellow, orange
Bloom Time February to may
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • 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.
  • Rakta Roda 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.

    Sunlight Full Sun
    Watering Medium
    Soil Well-drained soil
    Temperature 20 to 22 degrees C
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer
    Harvest Season Not defined

    Rakta Roda special feature

    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.

    Rakta Roda uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for the ornamental purpose

    Medicinal Use:

    • Not defined

    Culinary Use:

    • Not defined

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Rakta Roda?

    Rakta Roda is commonly known as Narrow-leaved ebony tree

    How tall do Rakta Roda grow?

    On average Rakta Roda grows Up to 15 m

    What color are Rakta Roda?

    A Rakta Roda plant bears flowers of color Red,yellow, orange

    When Rakta Roda blooms?

    With enough light, Rakta Roda may produce Red,yellow, orange flowers in February to may

    How hard is Rakta Roda to grow?

    A Rakta Roda is Easy to grow

    How much sunlight does a Rakta Roda need?

    A Rakta Roda prefers Full Sun

    How much water does a Rakta Roda need?

    A Rakta Roda prefers watering Medium

    What kind of soil does a Rakta Roda need?

    A Rakta Roda prefers Well-drained soil

    What temperature does a Rakta Roda like?

    A Rakta Roda prefers 20 to 22 degrees C

    How often should I fertilize my Rakta Roda?

    To encourage Rakta Roda growth, Apply any organic fertilizer


    Tuesday, 17 March 2020

    Beautiful plant, arrived in very good condition. Impressive packing. Looking forward to buy one more

    Pukhrambam Kavita

    Saturday, 29 February 2020

    is the pot and soil included?

    Nitin Mulik

    Monday, 10 February 2020

    Young ones adapt better

    Zachariah George
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