Botanical name: Neolitsea cassia Family: Lauraceae (Laurel family)
Synonyms: Laurus cassia, Litsea zeylanica, Neolitsea zeylanica
Grey Bollywood is a small tree with a thick, smooth grey bark; leaves simple, alternate, closely packed at the ends of branches, lanceolate, glabrous, distinctly 3- nerved at base. Flowers are regular, dioecious in 4-5-flowered umbels. Flower tube is rather long, hairy, petals 4. Stamens are in 3 or 4 rows. Fruit is spherical or oblong-ovoid, dark purple.
Medicinal uses: The bark and leaves are used for treatment of fractures. The powdered leaf is used for dusting the cut surface of coconut inflorescences in the process of toddy tapping.
Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
The flower labeled Grey Bollywood is ...