Botanical Name of Indian Aspen or Vidu Kanel: Acronychia Pedunculata
English: Indian Aspen
Hindi: Jangalee Amalaa
Malayalam: Vidu Kaneli
Description of Indian Aspen
Indian Aspen is a large shrub or small tree of the understory, gaps and fringes of low country and lower hill tropical forests of tropical Asia. Leaves are elliptic to subolong, often with tapered base. Twigs more or less angular, hairless. Flowers are greenish white, borne in axillary corymbose panicles, about 14mm across in inflorescences of 4-24 cm wide. The fruits are cream to brownish yellow drupes, slightly angled, 0.5-1.5 cm in diameter with a short apiculate tip. Leaves and fruits, and other parts of the plant, contain aromatic oils with a resinous scent. Indian Aspen is found in India and SE Asia, including Eastern Himalaya.
Flowering and Fruiting: February – May
India : In evergreen and semi-evergreen forests at altitudes ranging from sea level to 2065 m. Uttara Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Orissa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, N. Vietnam, S. Vietnam, China, Sumatra, Malaya peninsula, Borneo, Philippines, Celebes and Papua.
The tender leaves are used as condiment. Charcoal obtained from the wood burns clean and is therefore preferred by goldsmiths. The leaves yield an aromatic essential oil. Root and bark used in external application for sores and ulcers; bark tonic and used in scabies.
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