Scientific name: Suregada multiflora (A.Juss.) Baill.
Synonym: Suregada glabra Roxb.
Bengali/Vernacular name: Ban-naranga, Ban-naringa, Maricha, Samloksree.
Tribal name: Chasesii (Chakma), Fa choin da (Marma), Soijja gaas (Tanchangya).
English name: False lime.
Description of the plant: A small to medium-sized evergreen tree, up to 12 m tall. Leaves elliptic-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, 15-22 cm long, acuminate at the apex, cuneate at the base. Flowers diocious, yellowish, apetalous in pedunculate corymbs. Fruit a globose capsule, obscurely 3-lobed, about 2.5 cm across, orange-yellow when ripe.
Plant parts used: Leaf, bark.
Ethnomedicinal uses: Fresh juice extracted from the bark of the plant is administered for the treatment of fever.
A paste is made with the leaves of the plant is applied on the affected areas to treat rheumatism.
The juice extracted from the barks of the plant is used for the treatment of sores and stomach troubles.
Pea-sized pills are made from the leaves of the plant is taken with warm water three times a day (one pill each time) until the pneumonia is cured.
Distribution: This species is found in Bogra, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Narayanganj, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Tangail, and the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
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