Kodbel or Elephant wood apple, Feronia limonia
Kodbel or Elephant wood apple (Feronia limonia, family: Rutaceae) is medium-sized fruit-giving tree with straight trunk and numerous branches. Bark is dark grey. It has straight spines in axil. Some parts of the tree are quite fragrant--leaves, ripe fruits, seeds etc. The tree is planted as ornamental one in parks and gardens nowadays in Bangladesh. It is planted in the country as a homestead tree too.
Other Bangla names: Koyetbel, Chirpaki.
Leaflet is small, 5-7, and 3-4 cm wide, opposite, cuneate or obovate. Leaves are scented.
Flowers are good-looking, showy. Those are reddish; calyx 5-lobbed, triangular; petals ovate. Male and female flowers can be seen in the same panicle. Flower blooms in March-April.
market before September-October.
The wood is hard and it is used to build house and agricultural instruments. Trunk yields a kind gum. Jelly is made from its fruit-pulp's acid. In Bangladesh, its pulp is very popular among the children. Elephants love to eat the fruit.
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