Family • Ebenaceae - Diospyros multiflora Blanco
|Diospyros multiflora Blanco|
|Diospyros lotus Blanco Misapplied|
|Diospyros canomoi A. DC.|
|Diospyros phanerophlebia Merr.|
|Kanumai (Ilk., Tag.)|
|Indian tree spurge (Engl.)|
Disopyros is a genus of about 450-500 species of deciduous and evergreen trees.
Kanumai is a medium-sized tree. Leaves are alternately arranged, leathery, dark-green and shining above, ovate-oblong to broadly lanceolate, 10 to 18 centimeters in length, 4 to 5 centimeters in width, blunted pointed at the tip, and somewhat pointed at the base. Flowers are yellowish-white, densely clustered in the leaf axils, stalkless, and hairy. Fruit is smooth, yellowish-green, turning black while drying, rounded, and about 3 centimeters in diameter.
– In thickets and primary and secondary forestsat low and medium altitudes in Cagayan, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Rizal, Laguna, and Batagans Provinces in Luzon.
– Yields naphthoquinones.
Juice of fruit is irritating when it comes in contact with the skin.
– In the Philippines, the caustic bark and leaves are used for a cure of furfuraceous herpes and ringworm.
Fish poison: Bark used as a fish poison. The Negritos used the fruit as one of the ingredients in their arrow poison concoctions.
• No studies found.