Salvedora spp.

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Pravin Kawale

May 3, 2008, 2:12:55 AM5/3/08
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Hi, this salvedora spp.
with white fruits.
Photographed at Alibag today
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chitra narayanan

May 3, 2008, 2:36:45 AM5/3/08
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Hi Pravin,
Am a rank amateur and don't really know much about scientific names etc. But this reminds me a lot of a a fruit i used to have as a child in our ancestral home in Kerala. The Malayalam name is champakka  (a corruption of jambhuka?) - we had white ones and pink ones. I think the pink ones were called panineeri chambakka.
Was it a big tree?
Haven't had or seen them in 20 years!


May 3, 2008, 2:52:00 AM5/3/08
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Pravin, I think it should be the same, Salvadora persica. The fruit
color changes from pinkish white transparent to ruby red. Your
specimen fruits look too white, but I guess its the same.
- Tabish
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May 5, 2008, 11:03:20 AM5/5/08
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Pravin, that was my guess. I am not sure of it. If the two fruits
taste different, the could well be different. Lets continue the
- Tabish

On May 3, 11:12 am, "Pravin Kawale" <> wrote:

Ravi Vaidyanathan

May 16, 2008, 10:22:04 AM5/16/08
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These are the fruits of the meswak ........its a mangrove and is found in abundance in navi mumbai and surrounding areas and also in the godrej mangrove area

Crows, rosy starlings, white cheeked bulbuls all gorge on these fruits.... they are astringent and a bit spicy to taste

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May 16, 2008, 2:56:50 PM5/16/08
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I am confused now. I thought Meswak is another name for Peelu,
which is Salvadora persica, and which is this:
By the way, there is another species of Salvadora which grows in
Delhi. That is a tree called Bada Peelu (Salvadora oleoides):
Haven't seen its fruit yet, but it is not supposed to be white.
- Tabish

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J.M. Garg

May 21, 2008, 4:24:11 AM5/21/08
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Hi, Ravi,
Can you give scientific name of your stated Meswak?
May I request Pravin to post more pictures of other aspect of the trees, if he has any or clarify in view of the comments. 

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sagar mhatre

May 24, 2008, 10:20:27 AM5/24/08

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From: sagar mhatre <>
Date: Sat, May 24, 2008 at 5:19 PM
Subject: Re: [Indiantreepix] Salvedora spp.
To: Pravin Kawale <>

yes frnds
i am posting this info again.
This is Salvadora Persica, Toothbrush tree,
 Found near mangroves
The fruits are locally known as "Sara"
Mildly alchoholic, we used to buy them way back before 15 yrs i remember.
fruits are sweet, sour and spicy in taste depending on the color(ripe, unripe etc )  

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