Satin Leaf Tree
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Satin Leaf Tree
E Introduced Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Satin Leaf Tree
Botanical name: Chrysophyllum oliviforme    Family: Sapotaceae (Mahua family)
Synonyms: Cynodendron oliviforme, Dactimala oliviformis, Guersentia oliviformis

Satin Leaf Tree is generally a shrub or small trees 3-5 m tall. The trunks can be around 30 cm in diameter. The twigs are thin and brown in color. The leaves are alternately arranged, ovate, shiny dark green on top and light brown on the bottom, 3-11 cm long, 2-5 cm wide. The flowers are small and creamy yellow in color. Sepal cup is rusty brown, with 5 sepals. They have 5 petals and 5 stamens. The flowers are borne in fascicles. The fruits are dark purple when ripe and have a gum-like skin that covers an inner whitish flesh. They resemble an olive in size. The fruits are edible, albeit very chewy. They have several black seeds. Satin Leaf Tree is native to Mexicom, Florida to Caribbean.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in cultivation at FRLHT (TDU) Garden, Bengaluru.

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