BORASSUS FLABELLIFER L.

Family:Arecaceae

Bengali/vernacular name: Tal.
English name: Palmyra-palm, Brab Tree.

Description of the plant:
A tall palm, attains 30 m in height. Leaves 1-1.5 m in diam., palmately fan-shaped. Fruit a drupe, mature one globular, 15-20 cm in diam., black when mature.


Borassus Flabellifer
BORASSUS FLABELLIFER L.


Using information:
The juice obtained by excision of the spadix is cooling, stimulant, antiphlegmatic and useful in inflammatory dropsy. The ashes of the flowering stalks are antiperiodic; useful in enlarged spleen. It is a good antacid in heartburn. The sugar-candy produced from the juice is used in coughs and pulmonary affection. The fruit is stomachic, aphrodisiac, antibilious, tonic, laxative, alexiteric; improves taste and allays thirst. Milky juice from immature fruit checks hiccup sickness. Pulp from the immature fruit is diuretic, demulcent and nutritive. The juice of the young leaves mixed with water is given in cases of dysentery. Root is cooling and restorative; useful in leprosy.

Distribution:
Cultivated throughout Bangladesh.