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Family Ebenaceae
Diospyros blancoi A. DC.
Mao shi

Scientific names  Common names
Diospyros discolor Wild. Kamagong (Tag.)
Diospyros blancoi A. DC. Gab (Bangladesh)
Diospyros philippensis (Desr,) Guerke Mabolo (Tag.)
  Velvet apple (Engl.)
  Velvet persimmon (Engl.)
  Mao shi (Chin.)

Other vernacular names
CHINESE: Mao shi, Tai wan shi, Yi se shi
FRENCH: Pommier velours.
MALAY: Buah lemah, Buan mentega, Buah sagalat, Kamagong, Kayu mentega.
PORTUGUESE: Pecego-de-India.
SPANISH: Camagon.

Mabolo is a medium-sized tree growing to a height of 20 meters. Leaves are leathery, oblong, up to 20 centimeters long, with a round base and acute tip. The blade is glossy green, smooth above and softly hairy below. Female flowers are axillary and solitary, larger than the male. Fruits are fleshy, globose, up to 8-10 centimeters in diameter, densely covered with short brown hairs. The pulp is edible. The fruit hairs have to be rubbed off before eating as it can cause peri-oral itching and irritation.

In forests, at low and medium altitudes.
A shade tree, it is planted along roads and parks.

• Ethyl acetate extract of air-dried leaves yielded (1) isoarborinol methyl ether, (2) a mixture of a-amyrin palmitate, a-amyrin palmitoleate, ß-amyrin palmitate and ß-amyrin palmitoleate and squalene.
• Yields triterpenes.
• Leaf extract yielded alkaloids, reducing sugar, gum, flavonoids, and tannins.
• Fruit is high in tannin

• Considered astringent, antidiarrheal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial.

Parts utilized
Roots and leaves.

Edibility / Nutrition
- Fruit is edible, the tannin content declining as it ripens.
- A good source of vitamins A, C, and minerals.
- Bark and leaves used for itchy skin ailments.
- Decoction of bark for coughs.
- Bark used for fevers, dysentery and diarrhea.
- In Southeast Asia, juice of unripe fruit used for wounds.
- Oil from seeds used for diarrhea and dysentery.
- Infusion of fruit used as gargle in aphthous stomatitis.
- In Bangladesh, juice of bark and leave used for snakebites.
- Bark and leaves used as eyewash.
- In the Guianas, used for colds, diarrhea, heart problems, hypertension, spider bites, stomach aches, diabetes, eczema. Source

Antioxidant: Antioxidant and heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)-induced effects of selected Taiwanese plants: 12 selected indigenous Taiwanese plants, including Diospyros discolor, were studied for their antioxidant activity, superoxide radicals scavenging and reducing power activities. D discolor extracts, among others, showed to contain abundant phenolic constituents suggesting a potential source of natural antioxidants.
Bioactive Triterpenes / Antibacterial / Analgesic / Anti-inflammatory: Ethyl acetate extract of air-dried leaves yielded (1) isoarborinol methyl ether, (2) a mixture of a-amyrin palmitate, a-amyrin palmitoleate, ß-amyrin palmitate and ß-amyrin palmitoleate and squalene. Compounds 1 and 2 showed antibacterial activity against E coli, P aeruginosa, C albicans, Staph aureus and T mentagrophytes. Sample 2 showed analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities.
Chemical Composition / Volatile Components: Study yielded 96 compounds of which the fruit characterized by the existence of many esters – benzyl butyrate (33.9%), butyl butyrate (12.5% and (E)-cinnamyl butyrate (6.8%).
Constituents / Antioxidant / Antimicrobial: Leaf extract yielded tannins and alkaloids. It showed statistically significant free radical scavenging activity. It showed antidiarrheal property with an increase in latent period of diarrheal induction. Extract also showed significant antimicrobial activity and significant lethality in brine shrimp assay.
Antiasthma: Methanolic extract showed anti-inflammatory activity in an airway inflammation mouse model. Histological exam of lung tissue showed marked attenuation of allergen-induced eosinophilic inflammation and mucus-producing goblet cells in the airway.
Biofuel Potential: Mabolo, a much neglected fruit in the Philippines, was studied as a possible inexpensive source of biofuel. An ethanolic extract proved to be as effective as alcohol fuel. On emission testing, it emitted the least amount of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, compared with commercial regular and unleaded gasoline.
Antidiarrheal: Evaluation of antidiarrheal potential was done on ethanolic extracts of three Bangladesh medicinal plants. Results on ethanolic extracts of leaves of D. blancoi and bark of Acacia nilotica suggest antidiarrheal activities. Results were comparable to standard antidiarrheal drug loperamide.
Antidiarrheal / Antioxidant: Study showed antidiarrheal activity in a castor-oil induced mice model, with significant reductions in faecal output. Extract also showed dose-dependent antioxidant activity in a DPPH-scavenging assay.
Cultivated and wild-crafted. 

Last Update October 2012

Photo © Godofredo Stuart / StuartXchange
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: Graphic / File:Diospyros blancoi Blanco1.109-cropped.jpg / Plate from book / Flora de Filipinas / Francisco Manuel Blanco (OSA) / Public Domain / Modifications by Carol Spears / Wikimedia Commons

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Antioxidant and heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)-induced effects of selected Taiwanese plants

Bioactive triterpenes from Diospyros blancoi / C Ragasa et al / Natural Product Research, Volume 23, Issue 13 September 2009 , pages 1252 - 1258 / DOI: 10.1080/14786410902951054

Volatile Components of Mabolo (Diospyros blancoi A. DC.) Grown in Cuba / George Pino et al
/ JEOR - Journal of Essential Oil Research
Diospyros blancoi / Common names / ZipcodeZoo
Characterization of Chemical Groups and Study of Antioxidant, Antidiarrhoeal, Antimicrobial and Cytotoxic activities of ethanolic extract of Diospyros blancoi (Family: Ebenaceae) Leaves / Md. Sariful Islam Howlader, Muhammad Shahdaat Bin Sayeed, Maizbha Uddin Ahmed, Abdul Kader Mohiuddin, Zubair Khalid Labu, Sm Faysal Bellah, Mohammad Safiqul / Journal of Pharmacy Research, Vol 5, No 6 (2012)
Diospyros blancoi attenuates asthmatic effects in a mouse model of airway inflammation.
/ Lee KY, Jung JY, Lee MY, Jung D, Cho ES, Son HY. / Inflammation. 2012 Apr;35(2):623-32.
Air Pollution-Fighting Potential of Ethanolic Extract of Diospyros Blancoi as Alcohol Fuel for Gasoline-Engined Automobiles / Source: Jose Marie G. Agustin / Department of Science and Technology.
Evaluation of Antidiarrhoeal Potential of the Ethanolic Extract of Three Bangladeshi Medicinal Plants / Hemayet Hossain, Shubhra Kanti Dey, Arpona Hira, Md. Sariful Islam Howlader, Arif Ahmed, Saima Sultana /Int.J.Pharm.Phytopharmacol.Res. 2012, 1(6): 371-374
Antioxidant and Antidiarrheal Potential of Diospyros blancoi / Sariful Islam Howlader, Mofizur Rahman, Abdul Bashar Ripon Khalipha, Mostafizur Rahman and Firoj Ahmed / Int Jour of Pharmacology 8(5):403-409, 2012

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