Scientific name: Citrus aurantiifolia (Christ.) Sw.

Family: Rutaceae

Synonym: Limonia aurantifolia Christm. & Panz.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Kagazilebu, Lebu, Patilebu.

Tribal name: Tha rock pa (Marma); Fabrirok fang, Hagoji (Chakma); Rokci (Chak); Lemu (Khumi); Ser thur (Lushai); Khochi, Kwonzi-ui (Murang); Charmum (Pangkhoa); Rhaw-sthei, Rough-sthei-bawn, Kowazi (Rakhaing).

English name: Lime, Sour lime, Common lime.

Description of the plant: An evergreen, densely and irregularly branched, small, spiny tree, up to 5 m tall. Leaves alternate, elliptic-oblong, crenate, petioles narrowly winged, Inflorescence of short axillary racemes, 3-10 flowered. Flowers white, small, bisexual and staminate. Fruit a globose-ovoid berry, 3-6 cm in diameter, shortly mamillate, greenish-yellow when ripe. Seeds small, ovoid, smooth with white embryos.

Citrus aurantiifolia

Plant parts used: Leaf.

Medicinal uses: Paste prepared from leaves of the plant is taken thrice a day (2 tea spoons amount each time) until the dysentery is cured.

Leaves are used in the treatment of filariasis.

Distribution: Cultivated throughout the country.

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