Scientific name: Lannea coromandelica (Houtt.) Merr.

Family: Anacardiaceae

Synonym: Odina wodier Roxb.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Bhadi, Jiga, Jika, Jeol, Jeol, Bhadi, Kamila, Kafila (Bengali); Jiuli (Rajshahi); Kaimula, Kai engla (Sylhet); Kocha (Jessore).

Tribal name: Johal (Chakma), Gika phang (Garo), Soh-ne-pit (Khasia), Nyapa-bawn (Rakhaing).

English name: Wodier, Indian ash tree.

Description of the plant: A small to medium sized deciduous tree with thick branchlets, 10 m or more tall. Leaves imparipinnate, crowded at the ends of branchlets, leaflets 5-11, opposite, shortly petiolate, ovate, elliptic or lanceolate. Flowers small, unisexual, greenish yellow, the male in compound and female in simple racemes. Drupes, reniform, produced in clusters from the end of leafless branches.

Lannea coromandelica

Plant parts used: Bark.

Medicinal uses: Stem bark is cut into small pieces and soaked in water for 24 hours. This extract is used for liver pain.

Bark is used as a poultice on wound, sores and boils.

Dried powdered bark is often used as a tooth powder to treat toothache.

Distribution: It is found in the hill forests, Sal forests and is widely planted in homesteads as live fence and hedge.

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