Helicia cornifolia W.T.Wang
Helicia erratica Hook.f.
Helicia stricta Diels
Helicia nilagirica is an evergreen tree that can grow from 5 - 15 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, source of wood and possibly as a food. It is planted as a pioneer species in reforestation projects in Thailand[
E. Asia - China, India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam.
Broad-leaved evergreen forests, mountain slopes, valleys; at elevations from 1,000 - 2,000 metres[
]. Semi-open hill forests, often associated with pine[
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A fast-growing species[
The fruit is said to be edible in India[
]. The purple-brown, globose fruit is 20 - 38mm in diameter[
The juice of the bark is applied to treat muscular swellings, and is also applied to cuts and wounds[
The tree is planted as a pioneer species in northern Thailand in reforestation projects to restore native woodland - it is planted in degraded woodland and open areas in a mix with various other species that all have the ability to grow fast; produce dense, weed-suppressing crowns; and attract seed-dispersing wildlife, particularly birds and bats[
The pinkish-grey wood is moderately hard[
]. The wood would do for inlay work and fancy articles, but it is not durable[
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