Scientific name: Swietenia mahagoni (L.) Jacq.

Family: Meliaceae

Synonym: Cedrela mahagoni L.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Mahogani.

Tribal name: Athag-apang-kish-mish (Rakhaing).

English name: Small-leaved mahogany, West Indian mahogoni.

Description of the plant: A small to medium sized evergreen tree, up to 22 m tall, with an umbrella-shpaed crown. Leaves alternate, leaflets 2-4 pairs, opposite, obliquely oblong-lanceolate, acuminate at the apex, cuneate at the base, entire, glabrous to sparsely pubescent. Flowers small, colour greenish-white. Fruit a capsule, subglobose to ovoid, up to 14 cm long, brown, woody, valves 5, many seeded.

Swietenia mahagoni

Plant parts used: Leaf.

Medicinal uses: Decoction of the leaves is taken for the treatment of gastric ulcer.

Distribution: It is planted throughout the country.

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