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

Printed Date: Sunday, March 3, 2024

Sandpaper Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Botanical Name

Streblus asper Lour.

Common Name

Sandpaper Tree, Sihora (Hindi), Parai maram (Tamil), Sakhota (Sanskrit)

Distribution

Throughout India 

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tree is associated with Lord Dharukavaneswarar at Tirupparaithurai, Tamil Nadu. It is believed that the Lord emerged in the form of a swayambu lingam under this tree.

 

Uses

 

 

 

The leaf of the plant possesses anti-bacterial properties. The roasted resin of the leaves controls dysentery. The latex heals cracks in the hands and heels and eases swelling of the lungs when taken internally. The wood from the tree is used to make cartwheels. The dry leaves of the tree can be used like sandpaper to rub and clean woodwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: 

https://www.dharisanam.com/temples/sri-dharukavaneswarar-temple-at-thirupparaithurai 

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