Clompanus alata (Roxb.) Kuntze
Pterygota roxburghii Schott & Endl.
Sterculia alata Roxb.
Pterygota alata is an evergreen tree growing up to 30 metres tall, The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for 10 - 12 metres, up to 200cm in diameter and with buttresses[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine and also as a source of oil and wood. A handsome tree, it is excellent for planting in avenues[
E. Asia - southern China, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines.
A canopy or emergent tree in open and disturbed forests[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Seed. Edible in some reports[
], but also said to cause drowsiness[
], and to be used as a substitute for opium[
An oil obtained from the seed is nutritious[
The plant is used medicinally[
The seed is used as a substitute for opium[
An oil obtained from the seed is used for lighting[
The white wood is light in weight, soft with little durability[
]. It has a pretty, silver grain[
]. A low quality timber, it can be used for making boxes and toys[
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