Diospyros  ebenum J.Koenig ex Retz.

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: East Indian Ebony
Synonym: Diospyros assimilis Bedd.
Common Name: Karu, Ceylon ebony
Flowering & Fruiting Period: February - April
Distribution: Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
Habitat: Dry deciduous forests
Uses: The edible fruits have medicinal properties as attenuant and lithontripic. The pounded bark and leaves are employed as a blistering plaster. The wood is very hard, heavy, very durable, being resistant to insect attack and fungi. The wood is difficult to season and work by hand, it takes a high glossy finish. It finds use in sports goods, musical and mathematical instruments, ornamental carvings, piano keys, chess pieces, rulers, the backs of brushes, stands for ornaments and turnery.
Key Characteristics: Evergreen dioecious trees, to 15 m high, bark black or grey-black, rough. Leaves simple, alternate; lamina elliptic-oblong, margin entire. Flowers unisexual, greenish-yellow; male flowers axillary, umbellate clusters; calyx cupular; lobes 4, ovate; corolla, tubular to salver-shaped; lobes 4; stamens 6-12, unequal; female flowers: solitary; calyx cupular; corolla, tubular; lobes 4; ovary superior, globose, 8-celled; stigma capitellate. Fruit a berry.