Family: Anacardiaceae

Synonym: Swintonia griffithii Kurz                                

Bengali/Vernacular name: Boilam, Boilsur, Amrukh (Bengali); Moilam-chibuk (Chittagong).

Tribal name: Sangrin (Mogh), Sibika (Chakma).

English name: Civit.

Description of the Plant: A lofty evergreen, glabrous tree, the lower part of stem often buttressed which may extend to a height of 7 m or more. Leaves crowded towards ends of the branchlets, lanceolate, 10-15 cm long. Inflorescence of 15-30 cm long panicles, terminal or axillary, profusely branched, glabrous. Bisexual flowers 3-4 mm across, pale-yellow. Fruit a drupe, unripe fruit sessile, seated on 5 oblong-linear, reflexed, about 5 cm long, purplish, wing-shaped petals.

Plant parts Used: Leaf, bark.

Traditional Uses: Juice extracted from bark of the plant is administered against central nervous system stimulant.
Paste prepared from the leaves of the plant is applied to treat pain.
Leaves and barks of the plant are used as insect repellent.

Distribution: It occurs in the forests of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong districts, and Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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