Rhododendron anthopogon

Habitat ► The alpine Himalayas from Himachal Pradesh to Bhutan, from 3,000 to 5,000 m.

Folk ► Taalisri (Punjab), Taalish (Tibet), Tazaktsum, Taalis-faz (Kashmir).

Action ► Leaves—stimulant. The plant yields an incense. The leaves of R. anthopogon get mixed up with those of Abies webbiana (used for respiratory diseases).

The leaves contain quercetin, myri-cetin, taxifolin, kaempferol derivatives, ursolic acid and its acetate, epi-friedinol, beta-sitosterol, betulinic acid and rutin.

The leaves of R. lepidotum Wall. ex G. Don, known as Taalisfur in Punjab; and R. setosum D. Don, known as Tsalluo in Bhutan, possess properties similar to those of R. anthopogon.

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