Elaeocarpus serratus L.

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Wild Olive Tree
Synonym: Elaeocarpus oblongus Gaertn.
Common Name: Bhadraksham, Ceylon olive
Flowering & Fruiting Period: April - September
Distribution: Indo-Malaysia
Habitat: Semi-evergreen forests, also in the plains
Uses: Fruits edible, anti-diarrheal. The leaves are antirheumatic and an antidote to poisoning. The astringent fruits are used in the treatment of dysentery and diarrhoea.
Key Characteristics: Trees, to 20 m high, aerial roots on large buttresses; bark brown, mottled with grey. Leaves simple, alternate, elliptic-obovate, margin crenate-serrate. Flowers bisexual, white, in axillary racemes. Sepals 5, ovate, valvate. Petals 5, laciniate, inserted round the base of glandular disc. Stamens many, inserted between the glands on the disc. Ovary superior, 3-celled; ovules 2 in each cell. Fruit a drupe, green.