Bassia malabarica Bedd.
Bassia neriifolia Moon
Dasyaulus neriifolius (Moon) Thwaites
Illipe malabarica (Bedd.) Engl.
Illipe neriifolia (Moon) Engl.
Madhuca malabarica (Bedd.) R.Parker
Vidoricum malabaricum (Bedd.) Kuntze
Vidoricum neriifolium (Moon) Kuntze
Common Name: Illipe Butter Tree
Leaves, showing the reddy-brown of new growth
Photograph by: Vinayaraj
Madhuca neriifolia is a deciduous tree growing about 10 metres tall. All parts of the plant yield a latex if wounded[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of food, medicine and mateials.
Madhuca neriifolia is widespread and frequently described as common within riparian habitats across the Western Ghats. There appear to be no major threats to the species, although in some places anthropogenic pressures have caused the conversion of riparian habitats. It is recommended that this situation is monitored but presently the
population is considered to be mostly stable. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2018)[
E. Asia - southern India, Sri Lanka.
A canopy tree in evergreen forests[
]. Often found along stream and the banks of rivers, at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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The fruits are used in the treatment of rheumatism, biliousness, consumption, asthma and worms[
The oil from the seeds is used in the treatment of rheumatism[
The flowers are soaked in water and used to treat kidney complaints[
An oil is obtained from the seed[
]. It is used as a hair dressing to improve the hair[
The dark red wood is hard[
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