Family: Sapotaceae (mahua family)
Botanical name: Madhuca longifolia (J.Konig) J.F.Macbr.
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: madhuca, madhucam, moha, vānaprasthh
English: Indian Butter Tree, Honey tree, mahwa, mahua
Illupa is an Indian tropical tree found largely in the central and north Indian plains and forests. It is a fast-growing tree that grows to approximately 20 meters in height. White thick latex is exuded from the bark on blaze. Leaves are alternaye,elliptic with entire margin. Flowers are axillary, cream coloured and fragrant. Fruits are green berries, ovoid, beaked, fleshy with rusty brown hairs. Seeds are 1 to 3 and black in colour.
Bark, flowers, seeds and heartwood are used in the treatment of inflammation, sprains, epilepsy and digestive disorders. Fruts are considered as aphorodisiac and seed oil laxative and good for rheumatism.
The juice of the bark and leaves of Illupa is used for grinding the pills and making decoction in toxicology.