Black Dammar Tree

Scientific name of Black Dammar Tree: Canarium strictum

Name of Black Dammar Tree in different languages:-

English: Black Dhup

Hindi: Doopa

Malayalam: Thelli-തെള്ളി, കറുത്തകങ്ങല്യം,  തെള്ളിപ്പയിൻ, പന്തപ്പയിൻ, വിരിക

Sanskrit: मन्दधूपः mandadhupah

Tamil: கருங்குங்கிலியம் karu-n-kunkiliyam

Plant description:

Canarium strictum – Black dammar is found in moist deciduous to semi-evergreen forests, in the Western Ghats, up to the altitude of 1400 meters, and grows up to 40 meters tall. Leaves are bipinnate, oppositely arranged, and sized 5 inches in length and 2-2.5 inch wide, Young leaves are reddish brown it become green when old, they is scaly and thick when wound a brownish secretion which is used to fuming to repel mosquitoes.

Leaf Arrangement


Shape-Lanceolate Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulate

Useful plant parts:


Medicinal uses:

bronchial ailments, rheumatism, fever, cough, syphilis, asthma, epilepsy, chronic skin disorders, and hernia, to repel mosquitoes.

Ayurveda Uses of Black Dammar Tree

In Ayurveda, the Black Dammar Tree (Canarium strictum) is valued for its medicinal properties:

1. Respiratory Health: Used for respiratory issues like cough and asthma.
2. Anti-inflammatory: Helps alleviate inflammation in joints and muscles.
3. Digestive Aid: Supports healthy digestion and eases gastrointestinal discomfort.
4. Wound Healing: Applied topically for its antiseptic properties.
5. Mental Clarity: Believed to enhance cognitive function and mental clarity.
6. Stress Relief: Used for its calming effects on the nervous system.
7. Skin Conditions: Beneficial for certain skin disorders.
8. Anti-microbial: Exhibits properties that may help combat infections.

Always consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional before using Black Dammar Tree for medicinal purposes. They can guide safe and appropriate usage based on individual health conditions.

Chemical contents:

Junenol, Canarone, and Epikhusinal.

Photo credit: Dinesh Valke-

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