Toothed Leaf Chilla
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Toothed Leaf Chilla
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Toothed Leaf Chilla • Gujarati: મુંઝાડ munjhaad, મુંજાળ munjaal • Hindi: छिल्ला chilla • Marathi: मोदगी modgi • Nepali: सानो बेथे sano bethe • Sanskrit: chilhaka • Tamil: கடிச்சை katiccai • Telugu: చిలుకదుదుడి chilaka-dududi • Mizo: Vaki-thei
Botanical name: Casearia tomentosa    Family: Salicaceae (Willow family)

Toothed Leaf Chilla is a small deciduous tree. Branches are spreading, and all plant parts are bitter. Leaves are toothed, elliptic-oblong, narrowed towards the tip, base oblique. Leaves are 5-12 cm long. with a stalk 6-12 mm long. Midrib and stalks of full grown leaves are hairy. Flowers are velvety, 8 mm across, greenish-yellow, regular bisexual, densely clustered on scaly axillary tubercles. Petals are absent. Sepals are usually 5. Stamens are usually 8, alternating with short hair-like staminodes. Fruit is 6-ribbed, 3-valved, with seeds embedded in a red pulp. The juice from the fruit is used as a fish poison. The wood is good for making combs. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg, Dinesh Valke Photographed in Maharashtra & Uttar Pradesh.

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