Ceylon oak

The Scientific name of Ceylon oak: Schleichera oleosa

Name of Ceylon oak  in different languages:-

English names: Lac tree, Gum lac tree

Sanscrit: mukulaka, raktamra, lakshavriksha, koshamra

Hindi: Kusum( कुसुम )

Malayalam: Poovam പൂവം, പൂവണം Poovanam

Tamil: கும்பாதிரி Kumpatiri

Plant description:

Ceylon oak-Schleichera oleosa is a large deciduous tree,(Sometimes evergreen tree) that grows to a height of 45 m. tall, The leaves are green, and pinnate, with each leaf having 2 to 4 leaflets, Young leaves are bright red and turn green when ripe. The flowers are tiny and found in yellow clusters. The fruit is a plum, small, ovoid size up to 3 cm long, seeds are 1.5 cm long, smooth, and brown, ellipsoid contains oil.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Oblong-elliptic Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate

Useful plant parts:

Wood, oil

Medicinal uses: 

To treat skin problems like acne, itching, and burn. It is also used as a massage oil to relieve rheumatism pain.

Ayurveda medicinal uses of Ceylon Oak

Chemical contents:

Oleic acid, Gadoleic acid, Fatty acids, myristic acid, Palmitic acid, Palmititoleic acid, linolenic acid, Behenic acid, Erucic acid, Lignoceic acid and Arachidic acid

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