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Rhus hookeri Sahni & Bahadur Indian For. 96: 769. 1970. R. insignis Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 11. 1876 [non (Del.) Oliver, 1868].


Beng.: Momphulati; Lep.: Sehr-Kung; Nep.: Kagphulai, Khagbalay.

Trees, 15 m tall. Leaves 30 cm long, imparipinnate; leaflets 7 - 9, elliptic-oblong, 6.5 - 19 x 3.5 - 8 cm, acuminate, entire, smooth above, rusty puberulous beneath. Panicles axillary, 16 - 25 cm long, glabrous. Flowers pediceUed, 2 - 3 mm across. Petals oblong, 1.5 x 0.6 mm. Stamens 5, 1 mm long. Disc 1 mm in diam., concave, broadly 5-lobed. Drupes globose, 6 - 7 mm in diam.; epicarp bursting irregularly; mesocarp fibrous with waxy coating.

Fl. & Fr. : June - Dec.

Distrib. India: Eastern Himalaya, from 1000 - 2000 m. West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

Nepal.

Uses. The fruits contain a juice, which is a powerful vesicant and is used in colic.




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