6. Sideroxylon L., Sp. Pl. 192. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5. 89. 1754; Clarke in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 3:536. 1886; Talbot, For Fl. Pres. Bomb. 2:154. 1911; Cooke, Fl. Pres. Bomb. (reprint ed.) 2:149. 1958.
KAMAL AKHTER MALIK
Trees, rarely shrubs, unarmed. Leaves alternate, often coriaceous, exstipulate, venation reticulate. Flowers axillary, fascicled, sessile or pedicellate. Calyx 5-lobed. Corolla campanulate, 5-lobed. Stamens 5, perfect, attached to the tube or the base of the corolla lobes or opposite to them, filaments linear, longer than corolla. Anthers ovate or lanceolate. Staminodes 5, ± petaloid. Ovary 5-locular, villous; style short or long, cylindric. Fruit a berry, ovoid or globose 1-5-seeded, seeds- angular, testa hard, coriaceous, shining, albumen fleshy. Embryo straight, horizontal or oblique; endosperm not ruminate.
A genus with 100 species, distributed in the east coast of Africa, Madagascar, Mascarenes, Macronesia. In Pakistan represented by the following cultivated species.