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Common name: Chilla • Hindi: Safed-Karai, Chilla, Phempri • Marathi: Bhokoda, Mori, Pimpari • Malayalam: Anavananni, Anavinga, Cherukannan, Chirakonna • Telugu: Girivudi, Vasanga, Veska, Vaasanga • Kannada: ಹನಿಚೆ Haniche, Konje, Bokara, ಹನಿಸೆ Hanise, ಕಿಲ್ಲಂಗಿ Killangi • Oriya: Beniman, Jamurdo, Kokra • Nepali: Sano dedri
Botanical name: Casearia graveolens    Family: Salicaceae (Willow family)

Chilla is a deciduous shrub or small tree, up to 6 m tall, with dark grey bark with white specks and a few longitudinal wrinkles. Elliptic leaves are stalked, somewhat toothed, base rounded or sometimes pointed. They are 9.5-13 cm long, 5.5-7.5 cm broad, smooth. Leaf stalk is up to 1 cm long. Flowers are pale green, foul smelling, somewhat hairy, in clusters on leafless axils. Fruits are yellow ellipsoid or nearly spherical capsules, 2-5 cm long, 1-1.5 cm wide. Chilla is found is the Himalayas, from Garhwal to Sikkim, and Burm, at altitudes of 300-2000 m. It is also found in S. India in Eastern and Western Ghats. Flowering: February-March.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé, Prashant Awale Photographed in Maharashtra.

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