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Sand Paper Tree   
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Sand Paper Tree
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Sand Paper Tree, Siamese rough bush, Toothbrush tree • Hindi: Daheya, Dahia, Karchanna, Rusa, Sahora, Sihora • Marathi: poi, karera, kharoli, kharota, sahor • Tamil: kurripila, kuttippirai, parayan, pasuna • Malayalam: parakam, paruva, sakhotavrksam, tinda-parua • Telugu: baranika, baranki, barinika • Kannada: akhor moranu, mitala • Bengali: sehora, sahra, shewra, shaora • Oriya: hirtonimranu • Assamese: khorua, saura gach • Khasi: dieng sohkhyrdang • Sanskrit: akshadhara, bhutavasa, bhutavriksha, dhukavasa, gavakshi, karkashachhada • Nepali: बेडुला Bedulaa, काक्सी Kaaksee, सिहोर Sihor, सोडा Sodaa, दातुन Daatun
Botanical name: Streblus asper    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)

Sand Paper Tree is a rigid and densely branched tree growing from 4-10 m in height. The leaves are oblong-obovate to sub-rhomboid, 4-12 cm long, very rough on both sides, with finely toothed margin, the tip blunt or tapering to a point and the base narrowed. The male flowers are in rounded heads, 4-7 mm in diameter, short peduncled, greenish-yellow, or nearly white. The female flowers are stalked, usually in pairs, green, the sepals become larger after flowering, and nearly enclose the fruit. The fruit is ovoid, 8-10 mm long, pale yellow, the pericarp soft and fleshy. The seed is ovoid, and 5-6 mm long. Thrue to its name, the leaves of Sand Paper Tree are rough and are utilized for cleaning cooking utensils and as a substitute for sandpaper.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed in Maharashtra.
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