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Rakta Roda, Diospyros virginiana – Plant – RRD-866656


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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.
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 Height
12 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 careFlowers 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 careNarrow-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.

Full Sun


Well-drained soil

20 to 22 degrees C

Apply any organic fertilizer

Harvest Season
Not defined

Rakta Roda special featureRakta 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


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