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Chikrasi
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Chittagong Wood, Indian Redwood • Hindi: चिकरासी Chikrasi • Manipuri: তাঈমৰেঙ Taimareng • Telugu: Kondavepa • Tamil: மலை வேப்பு Malei veppu • Kannada: ಕಲ್ಗರಿಕೆ Kalgarike, ಕರ್ರಿಡಿ Karridi, ಮದಗರಿಬೇವು Madagari bevu, ಡಾಲ್ಮರ Daalmara, ಗವುಡ Gavuda • Malayalam: Suvannakil • Bengali: Chikrassi • Assamese: Boga-poma • Mizo: Zawngtei
Botanical name: Chukrasia tabularis    Family: Meliaceae (neem family)

Chikrasi is a deciduous, medium-sized, sometimes fairly large tree up to 30 (max. 40) m tall. Chikrasi is a valuable multipurpose tree genus, distributed mainly in South and Southeast Asia. The timber is highly prized for high-grade cabinet work, decorative panelling, furniture, musical instruments, interior joinery such as doors, windows and light flooring, sporting goods and for carving. It is also used for railway sleepers, ship and boat building, packing boxes and general construction. Flowers contain a red and yellow dye, bark and leaves contain commercial gums and tannins and the astringent bark has medicinal uses. Leaves are pinnate, but with smooth margin, unlike neem. It has neem-like cream colored flowers occuring in bunches. Chikrasi is found in India, Indo-China & Malay Peninsula.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in IIT, Delhi.

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