OCHNA SQUARROSA L.

Family: Ochnaceae

Tribal name: Sheuri (Ctg.); Kimdabeng (Garo). 

English Name: Golden Champak.

Description of the Plant:
A small sub-deciduous tree. Leaves alternate, 6-12 cm long, obovate, elliptic, sharply serrate. Flowers fragrant, from the ends of short, lateral branches or scars of fallen leaves in corymbose racemes. Fruit of 3-6 drupes, 6 mm long, oblong-ovoid, black, surrounded by the persistent calyx.

Using Information:
The bark is digestive and tonic. Boiled leaves are used as an emollient cataplasm. The root is used by the Santals as an antidote to snake-bite; decoction is given in menstrual complaints, consumption and asthma (Yusuf et al. 2009).

Chemical Constituents:
Ochnaflavone and two related biflavones I and II have been isolated from leaves (Rastogi and Mehrotra, 1993).

Distribution:
Occurs in the forests of Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Cox's Bazar, Sylhet, Mymensingh.


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