Botanical name: Streblus asper Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Morus tatarica, Streblus lactescens, Trophis aspera
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.
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