Botanical name: Neolitsea cassia Family: Lauraceae (Laurel family)
Synonyms: Laurus cassia, Litsea zeylanica, Neolitsea zeylanica
Grey Bollywood is a small tree with a thick, smooth grey bark; leaves simple, alternate, closely packed at the ends of branches, lanceolate, glabrous, distinctly 3- nerved at base. Flowers are regular, dioecious in 4-5-flowered umbels. Flower tube is rather long, hairy, petals 4. Stamens are in 3 or 4 rows. Fruit is spherical or oblong-ovoid, dark purple.
Medicinal uses: The bark and leaves are used for treatment of fractures. The powdered leaf is used for dusting the cut surface of coconut inflorescences in the process of toddy tapping.
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