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Found throughout the State in the moister part, and in the ravines and valleys. It is abundant in Eturnagaram. Pasra. Tadvai forests of Warangal District. It is identified by leaves turning red in the cold season, dark grey thick bark and large showy flowers. It occurs both on alluvial soils and loams. It also occurs on latiritic soils. It is a fire resistant species. It is a good coppicer.
Morphology of the Fruit/Seed : Berry, blobose, 5 to 6.5 cms in diam., rind thick, crowned with the limb of the calyx. Seeds numerous, embedded in fleshy pulp, scattered.
Seed Collection and Storage : Inflorescence stalks are plucked off the tree as soon as the fruits ripen, dried in the sun and macerated. Then it is winnowed to separate the seeds from the husk. The seeds can be stored in a sealed tin. The seed has viability for one year.
Pretreatment : Not required.
Nursery Technique : The tree is best raised from the seed. It has however not been tried much for artificial regeneration. The seeds often gernminate within the fruit as it lies on the ground. The growth of the seedlings is rather slow.
|No. of seeds per Kg.||Germination percentage||Plant percent||Period of germination in days|
|More than one lakh||70||60||7 to 20|