This name is not universally accepted. We have followed the treatment in African Plant Database[
] and others, but some botanists are rejecting the Genus name Elaeodendron and are merging it with Cassine[
]. In that case, this species will be Cassine glauca (Rottb.) Kuntze[
Barringtonia sphaerocarpa C.A.Gardner
Cassine glauca (Rottb.) Kuntze
Celastrus glaucus Vahl
Elaeodendron dichotomum Royle
Elaeodendron oxyodon Turcz.
Elaeodendron paniculatum Wight & Arn.
Elaeodendron roxburghii Wight & Arn.
Euonymus grossus Wall.
Euonymus tinus Buch.-Ham.
Mangifera glauca Rottb.
Common Name: Ceylon Tea
Ceylon tea is an evergreen tree growing from 18 - 25 metres tall. The bole can be 40 - 95cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental in gardens[
The bark is considered to be poisonous[
E. Asia - Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia.
Periodically very dry places, weathered coral chalk ground in the teak-forest and in heterogeneous primary forest with numerous deciduous tree species, at elevations up to 300 metres in Indonesia[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a clay soil[
The dried and powdered leaves are used as sternutatoires. They are also burnt and the smoke used as a fumigant in the treatment of certain nerve diseases, particularly to rouse women from hysteria[
]. The powdered leaves are used as a snuff to relieve headaches[
The bark is astringent and is also considered poisonous[
The fresh root bark is rubbed into a paste with water and applied as a poultice on swellings[
The root is said to be specific against snake-bite[
]. A cold water extract of the crushed roots is used as an emetic[
A high quality gum is obtained from the plant[
]. It is only available in small quantities[
The bark contains from 8 - 13.5% tannins[
The leaves contain from 8 - 15% tannins[
The heartwood is a dirty brick-red; it is not clearly demarcated from the white outer wood. It has an exceedingly close, firm grain, is moderately hard and durable. It is easy to work, yielding a very smooth surface. An excellent wood, but usually only available in smaller sizes and so not very useful commercially. It can be used for cabinet work and picture frames[
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