Rough-Leaf Charcoal Tree
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Rough-Leaf Charcoal Tree
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Rough-Leaf Charcoal Tree
Botanical name: Trema politoria    Family: Cannabaceae (Marijuana family)
Synonyms: Celtis politoria, Sponia politoria

Rough-Leaf Charcoal Tree is a small tree upto 5 m tall. Leaves are 7-10 x 2-4 cm, obolong-lanceshaped, tapering, minutely toothed, base rounded or subheart-shaped, 3 or obscurely 5-nerved, rough on both surfaces with rough hairs. Stipules lateral, linear, longer than leaf-stalk, falling off. Inflorescence in in leaf-axils clusters; male cymes shorter than leaf-stalk. Female flowers longer than leaf-stalk. Drupe small, ovoid with persistent sepal-cup. Rough-Leaf Charcoal Tree is found in the Himalayas, from Kumaun to Bhutan, India, SW China, at altitudes of 400-1000 m; Flowering: April-June.
Medicinal uses: Leaf paste applied locally for healing of wounds.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh, Manoj Samavesh Photographed in Neergarh, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.

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