Diospyros lolin (PROSEA Fruits)

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Diospyros lolin Bakh.

Family: Ebenaceae

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: lolin, lorin (Moluccas).


Indonesia (Moluccas).


The ripe fruits are eaten raw or roasted; the taste reminds one of hard-fleshed bananas. The wood is beautiful but hard and difficult to work.


  • Dioecious tree, 15-25 m tall.
  • Leaves lanceolate to elliptical, 10-25 cm × 6-10 cm.
  • Flowers 4-5-merous.
  • Fruit a depressed globose berry, the size of an orange, yellow, flesh slimy-mealy.
  • Seeds 4-10.

Selected sources

  • Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1936-1941. Contributions à l'étude de la flore des Indes Néerlandaises 33. Revisio Ebenacearum Malayensium. Bulletin du Jardin Botanique, Buitenzorg, Série 3. Vol. 15.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen