Botanical name: Glycosmis pentaphylla Family: Rutaceae (Lemon family)
Synonyms: Glycosmis arborea, Glycosmis quinquefolia
Ban Nimbu is a moderate sized shrub that grows up to 1 meter in height. Leaves are imparipinnately compound, alternate, gland dotted and entire. Leaflets are nearly opposite, 7-15 x 2-5.5 cm, elliptic-lanceshaped, narrowed at base, entire to minutely crenulate-sawtoothed on the margins, pointed to round at tip, glandular on both sides, hairless; axis 6-10 cm long; leaflet-stalk about 2 mm long. Flowers are small, white, occuring in panicles in leaf axils. Sepals 5, 1-1.5 mm long, ovate-pointed, fringed with hairs on margins. Petals are 5, white, 4-5 x 2-2.5 mm, obovate, surface gland-dotted. Stamens 8-10, longer and shorter filaments of longer ones about 3 mm long, shorter, about 2 mm long. Disc prominent, annular. Fruits are pulpy, round berries, 1-1.2 cm across, white, turning rose-colored, containing round seeds. Gin Berry is found in the stream banks, wet areas from plains up to 900 m, in India, Sri Lanka to S.E.Asia and Malaysia.
Medicinal uses: Gin Berry is a plant possessing various medicinal properties. It is believed to have wound-healing properties.
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