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Chaulmoogra odorata, R.(Gynocardia odorata)

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Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh. This species is native to the Silhet district. In 'Flora Indica', Roxburgh describes how when the fruit is gathered, the seed is taken out, dried, "and sold to the native dealers in drugs at about five Rupees the maund of eighty-four pounds". He describes further how the seeds are used for skin disorders; the seeds mixed with clarified butter to produce a soft mass which is applied to the affected parts. As a 'Gynocardia odorata' in Sealy's List

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 654415

Date: 3rd December 2007

Author: Unknown

Filename: ROX00000106.jpg

Image Size: 3392 x 5064 Pixels

Filesize is 10.88MB

Version 2 is 5.95MB

Associated Categories: Botanical Art

Associated Categories: Botanical illustrations

Associated Categories: William Roxburgh

Keywords: 19th century, botanical art, east india company, fruit, india, medicinal plant, medicine, s eed, william roxburgh collection