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Bombax insigne Wall.

Group: Dicot
Family: Bombacaceae - Kapok-tree family
Growth Habit:Tree
Duration: Perennial

Tribal Name: Semai gaas (Chakma), Bhuchokh (Tripura).

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Ban shimul, Muriya shimul.

Description of the Plant:

A large tree, trunk marked with large leafscars, unarmed, branchlets sometimes prickly. Leaves digitate, leaflets 7-9, sessile. Flowers solitary on leafless branches. Capsules oblong, curved at apex, 5-valved, woody.

Mode of Uses:

  • The bark of Bombax insigne, young shoots of Pteris pellucida and the whole plant of Basella alba are crushed together and taken for the treatment of spermatorrhoea (Tripura).
  • Flowers are eaten as a vegetable (Chakma).
  • Removing the corolla rest of the flowers are dried in the sun and stored. These storage flowers are used as additive in vegetable. It is also taken as bharta (paste) after boiling (Chakma, Tripura, Marma, and Bawm).
Bombax insigne Wall.

Bombax insigne Wall.


Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts and Cox’s Bazar.

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