Soymida febrifuga

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Soymida febrifuga (Roxb.) A. Juss.
  • Synonyms : Swietenia febrifuga Roxb.
  • Common Name : Rohan, Royani, Indian Redwood, Bastard Cedar, Raktarohan
  • Plant Family : Meliaceae
  • Plant Form : Tree
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Soymida febrifuga Plant :

  • Habit : A tall, deciduous tree with dark-brown or almost black, rough bark, exfoliating into large stripes or scales.
  • Leaves : Crowded at the ends of branches, leaflets 7-13, sessile or sub-sessile, elliptic or oblong, coriaceous, glabrous.
  • Flowers : Greenish-white in axillary and terminal panicles.
  • Fruits : Capsule, ovoid, woody, reddish-purple, at length blackish-brown.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : February - June
  • Significance :
    • The wood is used in furniture, buildings, wells etc.
    • The bark is used for tanning and dyeing and also for intoxicating fish.
    • It is known to be used in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery and fever.