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Department of Botany

Since 1980

Mimusops elengi L.



   Botanical NameMimusops elengi L.
   SynonymsKaukenia elengi. (L.) Kuntze ; Imbricaria perroudii. Montrouz.
   Common NameEnglish : Spanish cherry / Tamil : Magizham
   DistributionGlobal : Indo-Malesia
Indian : Manipur, Odisha and Tamil Nadu
   DescriptionEvergreen trees up to 20 m Tall, bark dark grey, cracked or fissured longitudinally, scaly, exudation white, young branches brown pubescent. Leaves simple, alternate, spiral, stipulate; elliptic-oblong, margin entire, coriaceous. Inflorescence cyme or axillary fascicles,. Flowers bisexual, white, fragrant, calyx lobes 8 in 2 series of 4 each, thick, outer lanceolate, valvate, pubescent; petals corolla lobes 24, 3 series of 8 each, with hairs on back and margins, acuminate. Stamens 8, alternating with pilose staminodes; filaments 1 mm, anthers oblong, cordate, connectives apiculate; staminodes lanceolate, acuminate, fimbricate, pilose. Ovary void, hirsute without, 6-8-celled; 1 ovule in each cell; style columnar, 5 mm; stigma minutely fimbricate. Fruit a berry, yellow, ovoid, fleshy, epicarp thin. Seeds usually 1, oblong-ellipsoid, laterally compressed.
   Flowering Fruiting periodMarch-July and October-December
   UsesFruit Edible, Timber, Dye/tannin, Fuel
   Medicinal UsesDental ailments, Astringent, Masticatory, Cardio tonic, Anti Urolithiatic, Antipyretic
   Tamil NameMagizham