Eastern Gogan
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Eastern Gogan
ative Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Eastern Gogan • Assamese: Bon posola, Pani posola • Manipuri: ꯁꯤꯡꯀ꯭ꯔꯥꯡ Singkrang • Mizo: Tiar • Nagamese: Dia-ching • Nepali: गोगन Gogan • Bengali: Bon posola • Tangkhul: Napkuiwon
Botanical name: Saurauia roxburghii    Family: Actinidiaceae (Kiwifruit family)

Eastern Gogan is an evergreen tree, distinguished by its large elliptic leaves which are conspicuously rusty-haired beneath. Flowers arise in lax clusters of pink flowers. Flowers are very numberous, and the buds looks like pink balls. Sepals are whitish, unlike a similar, better known species Saurauia napaulensis, where the sepals are dark pink. Petals are 5, pink, strongly overlapping, giving a cup shape to the open flower. Flowers generally hang looking down. Eastern Gogan is found in Nepal to NE India and SE Asia. Flowering: May-August.
Medicinal uses: A gummy or gelatinous substance produced by the leaves is used for preparing hair pomade.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Manipur.

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