Synonyms: Elate sylvestris L.
Family: Arecaceae - Palm family
Growth Habit: Tree
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Khajur, Khejur.
Tribal Name: Kezore (Tripura), Chamley (Khumi), Thikung (Bawm), Khajur gula (Chakma), Keure (Marma), Kheju-ba (Marma).
English Name: Wild date palm, Date sugar plam.
Short-tufted stemmed palms. Leaves pinnately compound. Flowers in spadices (spadix), unisexual. Fruits drupe, tallow when ripe. Seeds hard. Frequent in beside the house. Flowering time: February-April; Fruiting time: September-October.
Fruits contain ascorbic acid, free amino acids, mainly alanine. In addition they contain sugars, tannins, mucilage, vitamins A, B and D. They also contain salts and iron in an assimilable form. Seeds yield a fatty oil containing principally palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids. Juice of the tree contains reducing sugars, aspartic acid, nicotinamide, nicotinic acid, isoniazide and thiamine (Ghani, 2003).
Occurs throughout the country; plenty in the western districts.
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