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Indian Horse Chestnut

Scientific name of Indian Horse Chestnut: Aesculus indica

Family: Sapindaceae

Name of Indian Horse Chestnut in different languages

English: Himalayan horse chestnut

Malayalam : Akshodam

Hindi: Kanor, Bankhor

it  is a tall tree, smaller tree than common Horse chestnut, the average height of this tree is 22 m, it is a deciduous tree with a good vegetation, commonly found in Himalaya regions of India. The leaves are large, opposite, digitate, glossy, laceolate ( Boat shaped),margin entire and venation pinnate, it forms a umbel shaped at the branch apex, the flowers are found in a long stack about 40 cm long and bearing about 300 flowers, occur in between May and June, the fruits are spiny, seeds are brown and hard.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Cuneate Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Cuneate-wedge-shaped  Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate


Useful part of the tree;

Seeds, leaves

Chemical contents:

Saponins, aesculin (Toxin)

Medicinal uses:

To treat skin diseases, colic, rheumatism, whooping-cough and headaches.

Medicinal properties:

Astringent, acrid and narcotic.

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