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Family Ebenaceae
Kanumai
Diospyros multiflora Blanco

Scientific names Common names
Diospyros multiflora Blanco Kanomai (Ilk.)
Diospyros lotus Blanco                             Misapplied Kanomoi (Tag.)
Diospyros canomoi A. DC. Kanumai (Ilk., Tag.)
Diospyros phanerophlebia Merr. Maratampui (Ilk.)
  Indian tree spurge (Engl.)
Diospyros multiflora Blanco is an accepted name The Plant List
Diospyros lotus Blanco (1837) = Diospyros multiflora Blanco Hortus Camdenensis


Gen info
Disopyros is a genus of about 450-500 species of deciduous and evergreen trees.

Botany
Kanumai is a medium-sized tree. Leaves are alternately arranged, leathery, dark-green and shining above, ovate-oblong to broadly lanceolate, 10 to 18 centimeters in length, 4 to 5 centimeters in width, blunted pointed at the tip, and somewhat pointed at the base. Flowers are yellowish-white, densely clustered in the leaf axils, stalkless, and hairy. Fruit is smooth, yellowish-green, turning black while drying, rounded, and about 3 centimeters in diameter.

Distribution
- In thickets and primary and secondary forests at low and medium altitudes in Cagayan, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Rizal, Laguna, and Batagans Provinces in Luzon.

Constituents
- Yields naphthoquinones.

Properties
Juice of fruit is irritating when it comes in contact with the skin.


Parts used
Bark, leaves.

Uses

Folkloric
- In the Philippines, the caustic bark and leaves are used for a cure of furfuraceous herpes and ringworm.
Others
Fish poison: Bark used as a fish poison. The Negritos used the fruit as one of the ingredients in their arrow poison concoctions.

Studies
No studies found.

Availability
Wild-crafted.

Last Update February 2015

IMAGE SOURCE: (1) Public Domain / File:Diospyros lotus Bra36.png / D. Brandis, Illustrations of the Forest Flora of North-West and Central India, 1874 published by Kurt Stüber, http://www.biolib.de / Wikimedia Commons (2) Creative Commons / File:Diospyros lotus 01.jpg/ Σ64 / 2007.11.3 / GFDL / Wikipedia
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1)
Diospyros multiflora Blanco / Synonyms / The Plant List

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