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Pakistan | Family List | Meliaceae | Chukrasia

Chukrasia tabularis Adr. Juss. in Mem. Mus. Par. 19:251.t.22. 1830. Hiern, 1.c.; Talbot, 1.c.; T. Cooke, l.c.; Parker, For. Fl. Punj. ed. 3,72. 1956; Brandis, Ind. Trees, 144. 1911.

Vern.: “Lal Devdari"

Large deciduous tree. Leaves pinnate, bi- or tri-pinnate, 15-45 cm long; leaflets 10-24, ovate, 4-13 cm long, acute to acuminate, entire, oblique, lower surface pubescent. Panicles shorter than the leaves. Calyx puberulous; c. 2 mm long. Petals linear-oblong to spathulate, 12 mm long, 5-6 mm broad, creamish. Staminal tube 10-toothed. Ovary elongate, hairy, 3-5-locular. Capsule 2.5-4 cm long, usually 3-valved, ovoid, woody. Seeds many, c. 3 cm long, broadly winged.

Fl. Per. Feb.-April.

Distribution: Burma, Ceylon, Andamans, Malaya, China, India and East and West Pakistan.

The "Chittagong wood tree" yields valuable timber for making furniture, plywood, carving planks and wood-work of railway carriages. A yellow trans-parent gum is obtained from it and the astringent bark is medicinal.


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