Manilkara hexandra (Roxb.) Dubard

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Khirni Tree
Synonym: Mimusops hexandra Roxb.
Common Name: Mullupala
Flowering & Fruiting Period: September-November
Distribution: Sri Lanka, India, Siam and Indo-China
Habitat: Dry deciduous forests
Uses: The fruit can be eaten fresh or dried. Pale yellow oil, known as rayan oil, is obtained from the seed kernels. The bark is added to palm sugar to inhibit fermentation. The seeds are of medicinal value. This species is often used as a rootstock for the sapodilla (M. zapota) in India.
Key Characteristics: Khirni trees are evergreen trees, bark blackish-grey, longitudinally fissured and cracked. Leaves simple, alternate; lamina elliptic; margin entire. Flowers bisexual, white, 1 or 2 axillary; calyx lobes 6, in 2 series of 3 each, reflexed; corolla lobes 18 in 3 series of 6 each, valvate; stamen 6-8, alternating with staminodes; ovary pubescent, 12-celled, superior. Fruit a berry.