Family: Sterculiaceae - Cacao family
Growth Habit: Tree
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Udal, Chala (Dhaka), Chandul (Rema-Kalenga), Fashiya udal.
Tribal Name: Udul pata (Chakma), Baro ujal (Marma), Langowi (Khumi), Sambeing (Mogh), Chambai (Marma), Fi yo ba (Marma), Ya Sing (Murang), Tia Sing (Murang), Umak (Garo).
A large deciduous tree, bark light-grey, smooth. Leaves simple, 3-7-lobed, lobes acuminate. Flowers yellow, in terminal panicles, rusty pubescent.
The petiole is extracted in water and taken with sugar for the treatment of rheumatism; the root extract is taken as a vitamin. Bark fibres are used as ropes and leaves are used as a thatching material (Chakma).
The petiole extracted in water is taken for body cooling (Marma).
Bark is used as an alternate of cane. Fresh leaves are soaked in water for whole night and the extract is taken in the morning as a remedy of general weakness. Fried seeds are eaten (Khumi). Sharbot (beverage) prepared from the petiole along with water and sugar is given in urinary problem and rheumatism. Leaves are used for the treatment of impotency. The bark and the petiole are used as a remedy in seminal weakness.
Sterculia villosa Roxb. ex DC.
Forests of Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Cox's Bazar, Gazipur, Tangail, Comilla and Habiganj.
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