Debdaru

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Debdaru

 

Debdaru  local name for a tall, attractive, bushy evergreen tree, Polyalthia longifolia of the family Annonaceae with smooth, dark bark and undulate leaves. Flowers are yellowish-green and normally arranged in clusters. Debdaru is a native of Sri Lanka and as an exotic tree species it has been planted in Bangladesh. The wood is white or whitish-yellow, light, very flexible, fairly close and even-grained. The wood is used for various purposes including making drums, pencils, small boxes and matches. Bark of this tree contains medicinal properties, which is used as a febrifuge.  [Md. Mahfuzur Rahman]