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Rhus punjabensis Stewart in Brandis, For. Fl.: 120. 1874; Hook.f. Fl. Brit. India 2: 10. 1876.


Hindi: Amtara, Dashmila; Punj.: Dor, Kangar, Palai, Rastu.

Trees, 9 - 12 m tall. Leaves 28 - 42 cm long, petiolate; leaflets 4 - 6 pairs, sessile, ovate-lanceolate, 6 - 14 x 3 - 6 cm, acute to acumimtte, base obliquely rounded, obscurely serrulate, tomentose beneath, Panicles terminal, 10 - 23 cm long, densely tomentose. Male flowers 1.5 - 2 mm across. Calyx 5-lobed. Petals oblong, 5, 1.5 x 0.8 mm. Stamens 5, 1.2 - 1.5 mm long. Disc 1 mm in diam., broadly 5-lobed. Female flowers 3 mm in diam. Ovary conical, 1 mm in diam., pubescent; styles 3, stigma capitate. Drupes globose, 3 - 4 mm in diam., tomentose.

Fl. & Fr. : Apr. - Sept.

Distrib. India: N.W. Himalaya, 1000 - 2650 m. Jammu & Kashmir (Kishtwar), Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Pakistan.

Uses. The plant juice is a powerful vesicant. Fruits are edible having acidic taste and used in making 'sharbats'. The leaves contain tannin.





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