Gymnocladus burmanicus is a deciduous tree growing up to 17 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole is up to 70cm in diameter[
The plant is commonly harvested fom the wild for local use as a medicine and source of soap.
E. Asia - northeast India, Myanmar, Thailand
Grows around the dense vegetation of bamboo and cane species, Livistonia jekintiana, and other shrubs. Trees are found near the natural drains in light black soil with sufficient percentage of moisture; at elevations up to 280 metres[
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Gymnocladus burmanicus grows well in a hot and humid climate. It needs an average daytime temperature that varies from 32°c in summer to around 16°c in winter. At night time it requires average winter temperature around 8°c, while in
The seedpods qre 12.5 - 17cm long and 27 - 37mm wide, containing 2 - 3 black, shining, globose seeds[
The pods have a foul smell (but rather less than the smell from the pods of the related Gymnocladus assamicus[
The mature pods are used as a wash in curing skin allergies, itching and boils[
The matured pods are used to make a shampoo for cleaning the hair and removing dandruff, and also as a soap for cleaning the body and clothss[
The seeds of this species can be very slow to germinate and benefit from scarification before sowing in order to soften the hard seedcoat and speed up and improve germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing[
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