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Alexandrian Laurel (Ball Tree)


Botanical Name Calophyllum inophyllum Linn.
Common NameAlexandrian Laurel, Sultan Champa (Hindi), Punnai (Tamil), Punnaga (Sanskrit)

Distribution

Coastal regions of eastern and western India

Religious association

It is associated with Lord Shiva and is one of the 8 flowers offered to him during early morning worship.

Uses

The greenish oil extracted from the seeds is used extensively for treating burns, rheumatism, scabies and skin eruptions. The timber is used for making railway sleepers and for building ships and boats.

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