Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, June 3, 2023

Alexandrian Laurel (Ball Tree)









Botanical Name

Calophyllum inophyllum Linn.

Common Name

Alexandrian Laurel, Sultan Champa (Hindi), Punnai (Tamil), Punnaga (Sanskrit)


Coastal regions of eastern and western India

Religious association




It is associated with Lord Shiva and is one of the 8 flowers offered to him during early morning worship.





The greenish oil extracted from the seeds is used extensively for treating burns, rheumatism, scabies and skin eruptions. The timber is used for making railway sleepers and for building ships and boats.








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