Sarcococca salicifolia Baill.
Evergreen, up to 2 m tall, glabrous shrub with green bark and profuse wandy branches. Leaves narrow to broadly lanceolate or very narrowly ovate, occasionally subfalcate, 5.5-9.5 cm long, l-2.2 cm broad, distinctly 3-nerved, attenuate at the base, acuminate to caudate, acute; petiole 0.5-1.3 cm long. Racemes either male or female or mixed with male flowers towards the apex and female ones at the base; male racemes c. 6-8 mm long, females c. 1 cm long. Flowers almost sessile, greenish-white, unisexual; bracts ovate, c. 2 mm long. Sepals elliptic to broadly elliptic, 2-3 mm long, c. l.5-2 mm wide, obtuse. Stamens with 6-7 mm long filaments, anthers 2-3 mm long. Ovary tricarpellary; styles 3 from outer edges of the ovary, longer than the sepals, flattened. Drupe subglobose, c. 7-8 mm long, purple, smooth, tipped with style bases.
Type: “Habitat in Srinagar” Kamroop.
Distribution: A common gregarious shrub of moist and shady places in W. Himalayas from Afghanistan to Kumaon between 1-3000 m.
The leaves and shoots are boiled and applied on swollen joints or in pain.