Chionanthus malaelengi 

Chionanthus malaelengi   (Wallich ex G. Don) Beddome (OLEACEAE)

Description: Trees, 8-10 m tall with smooth, shiny bark. Leaves elliptic or elliptic-oblong, 5-12 x 2-5 cm, acute at both ends, glabrous, coriaceous; main nerves inconspicuous; petioles ca 1.5 cm long. Flowers sessile, in 3-4 cm long branched axillary cymes, yellowish-white, odor of ripe apples. Calyx small, lobes 4. Corolla lobes 4. Stamens 2; filaments very short. Ovary 2-locular; style short; stigma shortly 2-fid. Fruit a drupe, ellipsoid, 0.8-1.5 x 0.6 – 0.8 cm, purplish when ripe. Seed solitary.

Flowering & Fruiting : November - March.

Distribution: India: Common in evergreen forests of Western Ghats, up to 1300 m.