Bauhinia retusa Roxb

Synonym ► B. semla Wunderlin.

Family ► Caesalpiniaceae.

Habitat ► Northwestern Himalayas up to 1500 m, also in Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

Action ► Gum—emmenagogue, diuretic. (Gum resembles Gum arabic; used as an external application for sores). Protein isolated from seeds—hypoglycaemic, hypoc-holesterolaemic in young, normal as well as alloxan-induced diabetic albino rats.

The bark contains quercetin-3-O-

beta-D-glucoside and rutin.

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