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Rakta Roda is a small tree that can grow up to a maximum height of 10 metres. The Rakto Roda, scientifically known as Diospyros Angustifolia belongs to the family Ebenaceae. It is native to the central western ghats of India. It is widely grown for its heavy timber and edible fruits.
The Diospyros Angustifolia is famously known as the Rakta Roda. It hails from the Ebenaceae family.
The Rakta Roda plant is a native of the central western ghats of India. It was confined to the central Sahyadri area above Chikmagalur region.
Nowadays, it is cultivated in many parts of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan, North America and Africa.
It is widely cultivated to as it is used for decorating homes and offices. They are also used to produce heavy timber and edible fruits. The plant is acknowledged as "fruit of Gods".
The Rakta Roda is a narrow-leaved ebony tree that can do well with minimum maintenance.
The plant produces yellowish flowers and nutritious fruit between February to May.
The plant grows well in the optimum temperature of 20 to 22 degrees Celsius.
The Rakta Roda is valued a lot for its local ecological importance. It can grow up to a maximum height of 10 metres.
The Rakta Roda should be exposed to full sun for perfect growth.
The plant is considered ideal to be grown in a region that receives bright sun for a long duration.
The Rakta Roda has moderate water requirements.
The plant should not be allowed to stand in water as it leads to root rot.
Any organic fertiliser should be applied regularly to the plant to aid the growth of the plant.
A balanced mixture of N-P-K is considered appropriate for this purpose.
The Rakta Roda produces heavy, dark timber.
It is also cultivated in large scale for its edible nutritious fruit.
In some parts, it is cultivated as an ornamental plant too.
It is also considered helpful in maintaining local ecological balance as they are grown along the margins of low elevation evergreen forests up to 700 metres.