Scientific name: Diospyros montana Roxb.
Synonym: Diospyros cordifolia Roxb.
Bengali/Vernacular name: Tomal, Bangab, Mohesh kanda.
English name: Bombay ebony, Mountain ebony.
Description of the plant: A small tree, up to 15 m tall, twigs, and trunk with occasional spines. Leaves simple, alternate, ovate-oblong, base cordate, apex acute. Male flowers are borne in 3-flowered clusters, and the female ones singly. Flowers are creamy white or greenish-white, tubular, with 4 petals which are curved back. Fruit a globose berry, yellow when ripe.
Plant parts used: Leaf.
Ethnomedicinal uses: A paste is made with the leaves of the plant is applied on the biting place twice a day for four days to treat insect bite.
The plant is used for the treatment of dysuria, neuralgia, pneumonia, menorrhagia, and fever.
Distribution: It is planted along roadsides and in the village groves in many districts, and near Hindu temples.
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