Economic Botany

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 333–339 | Cite as

Diospyros melanoxylon, a bread-winner tree of India

  • J. S. Rathore


This endemic plant of India and Ceylon is used in various ways. Besides being the source of Indian ebony, its wood is also utilized for making boxes, combs, ploughs and beams. The fruits are eaten and sold commercially. The bark is burnt by tribals to “cure” small-pox. The seeds are prescribed as cure for mental disorders, palpitation of heart and nervous breakdown. Above all, the leaves of this plant constitute one of the most important raw materials of the “Bidi” (Indian cheap smoke) industry.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. S. Rathore
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of SaugarSagarIndia

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