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Mallotus philippensis

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Vernacular Name: Sindure, Rohini

 

English Name: Monkey face tree, Kamala tree

 

Distribution: Himalaya (Uttar Pradesh to Bhutan), India, Sri Lanka, Indo-China, China Malaysia, Australia, Polynesia

 

Parts used: Glands and hairs from capsules of fruit, bark

 

Description: Small, evergreen tree, 7-9 m tall. Leaves alternate, ovate-lanceolate, petioled. Flowers in stiff spikes, small, sessile, male yellow, clustered, female solitary, sessile. Fruits capsules, about 3-8 mm in diameter, red, triangle and covered with crimson powder.

 

Use: Fruits powder is anthelmintic, white part of fruit is lithontriptic, styptic, vermifuge, alexipharmic, depurative, laxative and  purgative. Bark juice is taken to cure stomach disorder. Glands and hairs on the fruit have been known as an anthelmintic in India for long, and are especially over ringworm, ptyriasis, freckles, herpes, scabies and syphilitic ulcers; if taken internally it relieves leprous eruptions.

 

Application: Brick red powder of fruit (glandular hairs of the fruits)

 

Reference: Acharya 1996; Amatya 1996; Bhattarai 1992b;AVS (Vol III) 1994; Dongol and Gurung 2000; Ghimire 2000; Parajuli 2000; Siwakoti and Siwakoti 2000; Joshi 2000; Joshi and Joshi 2001; Manandhar 2002; A Compendium of  Medicinal Plants in Nepal by Sushim Ranjan Baral and Puran Prasad Kurmi 2006