Description for Terminalia Belerica, Bahera
Leaves are alternately arranged or fascicled at the end of branches, Flowers arise in spikes in leaf axils. Seeds are of 2 cm. The nuts of the tree are rounded but with five flatter sides.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Baheda, Belliric Myrobalan, Bastard myrobalan, Beach almond, Behada, Vibhitaka||Greenish yellow||April to May||Up to 60 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Pre-soaking in cold / warm water for 24 hours prior to sowing has been reported to improve germination rates. Germination needs much moisture, and usually, takes 2 - 5 weeks.
|Full Sun||Moderately fertile, well-drained soil||Medium||20 to 32 degrees C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Terminalia Belerica
- It is fairly sensitive to frost, though seedlings can survive, particularly when covered with grass.
- Generally, temperatures of -1 degrees C can kill a tree.
- Prefers periodically dry soils, and is moderately drought tolerant.
Typical uses of Terminalia Belerica
Special features: Widely used in Ayurveda.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: NA
Medicinal use: The pulp of the fruit (Beleric myrobalan) is considered by Hindu physicians to be astringent and laxative and is prescribed with salt and long pepper in affections of the throat and chest. It is a main constituent of the Triphala.
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