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ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Singkrang • Manipuri: ꯁꯤꯡꯀ꯭ꯔꯥꯡ সিঙক্ৰাঙ Singkrang • Mizo: Terpui • Bengali: Bon posola • Tangkhul: Napkuiwon
Botanical name: Saurauia roxburghii    Family: Actinidiaceae (Kiwifruit family)

Singkrang is an evergreen tree, commonly found in NE India - Manipur, Mizorm, Assam etc. The tree is distinguished by its large elliptic leaves which are conspicuously rusty-haired beneath. Flowers arise in lax clusters of pink flowers. Flowers are very numberous, and the buds looks like pink balls. Sepals are whitish, unlike a similar, better known species Saurauia napaulensis, where the sepals are dark pink. Petals are 5, pink, strongly overlapping, giving a cup shape to the open flower. Flowers generally hang looking down. Flowering: May-August.
Medicinal uses: A gummy or gelatinous substance produced by the leaves is used for preparing hair pomade.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh & Manipur.

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