Regarding the plant, .I have an interesting story to tell...
It was in 2006, during a fieldwork in the areas of Uttara Kannada distrct, (North Canara) of Karnataka, some where near Mundgod, beside the Sirsi-Hubli main road, we came to notice this plant in fruiting.. Unable to identify, we collected the fruits and noted down the bark characters.. then , there was a villager passing by. We stoped him to ask for that plant. He said its called as "Ghanti mara
" (The bell tree), as the fruits resembled bells.! Then, we asked about its usage, if any. he said- not much more, but the wood is very light, and is used to make some parts of Bullock cart.
.. And we came back to lab.. With the critical screening of all the literature, we came to know- its Schrebera swietenioides of Oleaceae. then , interestingly, its listed in Red list too..!! ( Ref: 100 Red-Listed Medicinal Plants of Conservation Concern in Southern India by K. Ravi Kumar and D.K. Ved, Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), 2000.)
.. Then next day only, we ran back to that area , since there was a road extention was planned..We planned to colect some seeds as well as the plant material for further propagation..
.. The time we reached there.. there was nothing but a Burnt trunk.!!!!!!!
...Later we guessed- probably our interest in the plant might have given a hint to the villager.. and may be... he was also searching for the plant from a long time..
Its just like we have shown him the plant...And he might have taken it.!!!
.....We came back with utter sad...
And thereafter., we could not notice the tree anywhere..
....Thank You Satish jee for sharing the pic.