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Common name: Takoli • Hindi: टकोली Takoli • Assamese: Meda-luwa • Kannada: ಹಸಿರುಗಣಿ Hasiru gani, ಬೆಲಗ Belaga, ಬಿಳಿಬೀಟೆ Bili beete, ಮಂಜುಳಬೀಟೆ Manjula Beete • Malayalam: Mannavitti • Tamil: Erigai • Marathi: Dandus • Oriya: Dodilo • Rajasthani: parbati • Telugu: Nagulapachari • Urdu: Dandous
Botanical name: Dalbergia lanceolaria      Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Takoli is a very conspicuous and handsome tree when flowering, which appear very protusely during the months of May and June. Large tree with smooth bark, branches glabrous. Leaf compound 7.0-15.0 cm long; leaflets 11-17, 2.5-5.0 cm long, ovate or obovate or elliptic, often emarginate, glabrous, glaucous. Inflorescence large axillary or terminal panicles flowers unilaterally arranged. Calyx silky pubescent, upper teeth obtuse, lower 3 longer and acute. Flower tube dull white or pinkish. Vexillum c. 5-10 mm long. Stamens 10, in 2 groups of 5 stamens each. Fruit c. 5-8 cm long, narrowed at both ends, glabrous, usually 1-seeded.
Medicinal uses: The sweet blackish pulp of the seedpod is used as a mild laxative.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Maharashtra.

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