Botanical name: Luvunga scandens Family: Rutaceae (Lemon family)
Synonyms: Limonia scandens, Luvunga nitida
Lavang Lata is a strong woody climber with recurved spines, native to North-East India. It belongs to the family of lemon and orange. Unfortunately, it has now become a rare and endangered species. Leaves are compound, with 3 leaflets which are lancelike and leathery. Leaf stalks are chanelled. Peduncles carrying 4-12 pretty large, white, fragrant flowers, arise from leaf axils. Flowers are shaped like the flowers of most citrus plants. Fruit is oblong, 2.5 x 2 cm in size, yellowish, with smooth aromatic peel and resinous, fragrant pulp. The fruit has 1-3 ovoid seeds. This evergreen plant is sometimes grown for ornamental purposes. Flowering: March-April.
Medicinal uses: Dried fruits are used in making medicinal oil. Roots and fruits are employed for treating scorpion-stings.
Identification credit: Thingnam Sophia
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