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Common name: Chamror • Hindi: चमरोड़ Chamror, दतरँगा Datranga, तमोरिया Tamoriya • Telugu: Paldattam • Tamil: Kalvirasu • Marathi: धतरंग Dhatrang, अजाण वृक्ष Ajaan Vriksh, खंडूचक्का Khandu-Chakka • Malayalam: Harandi
Botanical name: Ehretia aspera    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Ehretia laevis, Ehretia punctata, Ehretia heynei

Chamror is a fast-growing, small to medium sized tree up to 9 m tall. Young shoots and branches are finely velvet-hairy to becoming hairless. Leaves are 8-15 x 4.5-1.5 cm, elliptic to nearly round, blunt to pointed, base rounded to wedge-shaped or oblique. Leaf-stalks are long. Flowers are white, borne in cymes in leaf-axils and at branch-ends, Flowers are about 5 mm long. Petals ovate-lanceshaped, about 3 mm long, spreading. Filaments about length of flower, hairless, lower half adnate; anthers 1.5 mm long. Styles 2-3 mm long, Stigma head-like. Sepal-cup is 1.5 mm long, 5-partite, minutely rusty-velvet-hairy. Sepals about 1 mm long, ovate, pointed. Drupes are yellow or orange, 3-4 mm in diameter. Chamror is found in Pakistan to India, Himalaya and SE Asia.
Medicinal uses: The leaves, fruit and root extract is used in the treatment of chest infections. Bark paste is applied as an ointment for cuts and wounds

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed in Delhi.

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