Lepisanthes tetraphylla Radlk.

Lepisanthes tetraphylla Radlk., Sitzungsber. Math.-Phys. Cl. Königl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss. München viii. (1878) 276.

Lepisanthes tetraphylla

Lepisanthes tetraphylla Radlk.; Photo Nguyen Hoang Nam

Vietnamese name: Gió khơi, Vỏ khói

Common name: Kurpa  Marathi: Kurpa  Tamil: Nekota, Karadipongan, Masamathi Telugu: Korivi, Boddamaamidi, Ekkudubusi, konda kumkudu  Kannada: Kurpah, Mool-taga, Kaluvette, Kadupe

Latin Name: Lepisanthes tetraphylla Radlk.

Synonym Name: Aglaia chartacea Kosterm.; Cupania canescens Pers.; Hemigyrosa canescens (Pers.) Blume; Hemigyrosa trichocarpa Thwaites          

Lepisanthes trichocarpa (Thwaites) Alston; Molinaea canescens Roxb.; Sapindus bijugus Wall.; Sapindus tetraphyllus Vahl

Family: Sapindaceae

Description: It is usually an understorey shrub, sometimes becoming a tree that can grow up to 22 metres tall. The boles can be up to 60cm in diameter

The leaves are harvested from the wild for local medicinal use and the wood is used locally

Flowering: in March

Distribution: It is found in E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea. In VietNam, It is found in Lạng Sơn (Hữu Lũng), Vĩnh Phúc (Tam Đảo), Hà Nội (Ba Vì), Quảng Trị, Khánh Hòa (Cam Ranh), Lâm Đồng (Lang Bian), Ninh Thuận (Cà Ná), Đồng Nai (Giá Ray). Ecological: An understorey plant of primary and secondary forests, also along forest edges, on river banks, and in more open country. Found on dry land and in swampy localities or periodically inundated places, or even in streams, on all kinds of soils

Parts used: leaves

Use: The leaves and stems are used in the treatment of coughs. Long lasting fever cure (Leaves crushed in water).

Other Uses: The wood of some forms is heavy, hard, and close-grained. It is good for furniture and for turning


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