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ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Plum • Hindi: आलू बुख़ारा Alu bukhara • Manipuri: ꯍꯩꯈꯥ Heikha • Malayalam: Arukam • Telugu: Alpagodapandu • Mizo: Japantheite • Kashmiri: Aer ﻋﺎﺋﺮ
Botanical name: Prunus domestica      Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)

Plum is a decidious Tree growing to 12m by 10m at a medium rate. It is in flower in April, and the seeds ripen from July to November. The flowers are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile. The fruit varies considerably from cultivar to cultivar, but it is generally somewhat mealy, soft and juicy with a delicious flavour ranging from very sweet to acid. The more acid fruits are usually only used for cooking purposes. White flowers grow in clusters, and are beautiful to look at.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Manipur & Kashmir.

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