Botanical name: Symplocos racemosa Family: Symplocaceae (Saphire-berry family)
Synonyms: Lodhra racemosa, Symplocos hamiltoniana, Symplocos nicobarica
Lodh Tree is an evergreen medium-sized very beautiful tree with a shady head growing up to a height of 6 10 meters. Bark, greyish, warty; Leaves simple, alternate, 7-15 x 3-6 cm, elliptic or elliptic-obovate, tip pointed to tapering, margin rounded toothed-sawtoothed, hairless, shiny, leathery; leaf-stalk 6-15 mm long, slender; lateral nerves 6-12 pairs. Flowers bisexual, in spikes, to 12 cm long; bracts ovate, falling off; Sepal-cup tube adnate to the ovary, lobes 5, triangular, pointed, hairless. Flower deeply 5-lobed. Stamens numerous, unequal, many seriate, adnate to the flower tube; Ovary inferior. Fruit a drupe 15 x 5 mm, ovoid, shallowly furrowed, seeds 1-2, oblong. Lodh Tree is found in evergreen forests of the Western Ghats and North-East India.
Medicinal uses: Bark powder of lodhra is an important ingredient of Ayurveda skincare packs as it nourishes the skin and gives benefits in acne, wrinkles, and other skin problems. The bark of a tree has been traditionally used as a uterine tonic and in the treatment of gynecological problems.
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