Botanical name: Miliusa tomentosa Family: Annonaceae (Sugar-apple family)
Synonyms: Uvaria tomentosa, Saccopetalum tomentosum
Hoom is a large deciduous tree, growing up to 20 m tall. Bark is blackish brown. Leaves are thick leathery, ovate, oblong, 4-10 cm long, 2-5.5 cm broad, smooth above, softly hairy below, base rounded, margin entire, tip pointed, leaf-stalk 2-5 mm. Flowers are greenish, 1.5 cm across, solitary or in pairs opposite the leaf. Sepals are about 4 mm long, linear-lanceshaped. Petals are 3+3, abount 6 mm long, outer petals sepal-like, inner ones oblong to obovate. Fruits are dark purple, nearly spherical, 8-17 arranged in a ring, 2-3 cm across, stalk 1-1.5 cm long, seeds 3-4. Hoom is found in Rajasthan, Bihar, Odisha, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Nepal and Srilanka. Flowering: May-June.
Identification credit: Radha Veach, Gurumurthi Hegde
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