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Description for Calophyllum inophyllum
The tree is commonly known as Sultanchampa. The tree grows up to 25 m tall, with sticky yellowish latex. Bark shallowly longitudinally fissured, pale grey and fawn, inner bark usually thick, soft, fibrous and laminated.
Leaves decussately opposite, simple and entire; stipules absent. Inflorescence an axillary false raceme. Flowers are white, bisexual, regular, sweetly scented. Fruit is globose to obovoid drupe, smooth, greyish green, 1-seeded.
The seed is globose to ovoid, brown, very oily. Seedling with hypogeal germination. The decoction of the bark is employed as a lotion for indolent ulcers. The gum resin is considered emetic, purgative, vulnerary, resolvent and anodyne; applied to ulcers and wounds.
Leaves are applied to sore eyes. Seed oil is a highly esteemed external application in rheumatism; it is a reputed antipsoric; used in gonorrhea, gleet, and scabies.
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