Chaplaish Jackfruit
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Chaplaish Jackfruit
D Native Photo: Mohina Macker
Common name: Chaplaish Jackfruit • Assamese: চাম কঠল Cham Kathal • Hindi: चपलैश Chaplaish, Chaplish • Karbi: Phong • Khasi: Dieng-laram, Dieng-soh-ram • Manipuri: ꯆꯥꯝ Chaam • Naga: Chirum • Nepali: लटहर Latahar
Botanical name: Artocarpus chama    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Artocarpus chaplasha, Ficus chrysopthalma, Saccus chaplasha

Chaplaish Jackfruit is a large deciduous tree about 30-40 m in height with a girth of 3-5 m. Young shoots are dotted with long stiff hairs. Leaves are large and of variable sizes about 12-30 cm by 6-16 cm, elliptic-ovate or almost round, entire or minutely toothed, blunt and leathery. Little hairs are present both on upper and lower surfaces, stipules large and stem-clasping. Flowering receptacle arise in leaf-axils, spherical with long flower-cluster-stalk. Fruits are spherical about 3-4 inches in diameter. They look like mini jackfruits. The edible fleshy arils cover the seeds. Chaplaish Jackfruit is native to NE India, China, Bangladesh and Andaman Islands.

Identification credit: Mohina Macker Photographed in Manjeri, Marine National Park, Andaman Islands.

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