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Clearing Nut Tree

Botanical Name Strychnos potatorum Linn.
Common NameClearing nut tree, Nirmali (Hindi), Tettrankottai (Tamil), Katakah (Sanskrit)


Deciduous forests of West Bengal, central and southern India

Religious association

The tree is associated with Lord Thyagesar.


The decoction of the fruit pulp is used to treat dysentery, cough and diabetes. The seeds are used to turn muddy water clear.

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