Elephant Apple/chalta

Elephant Apple

Scientific name: Dillenia indica L.

English name: Elephant Apple

Common Names : Elephant Apple, Simpoh Air, Simpoh Kuning, Simpuh, Chalta, Indian Simpoh, Chimpoh, Simpoh, Simpor, Peradun, Tipor

Bangla/Local name: ‘Chalta’

Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1988)

 

Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Family Dilleniaceae
Genus Dillenia
Species D. indica

 

Botanical Description of Elephant Apple

Habit: Perennial big tree around 20 meter tall

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Root: Tap root system

Leaf: The leaves are 15–36 cm long, with a conspicuously corrugated surface with impressed veins.

Chalta

Flower: The flowers are large, 15–20 cm diameter, with five white petals and numerous yellow stamens. Its characteristic round fruits are large, greenish yellow, have many seeds and are edible.

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Fruit: Aggregated(Fleshy)

Economic Importance

Used as edible fruit

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