Kukurchita, litsea glutinosa

Kukurchita (litsea glutinosa, family: lauraceae) is a medium-sized evergreen tree with branches attaining a height of 7-8 m. Bark is grey and shiny. The whole tree is filled with wild smell. 

The tree grows here and there in Bangladesh. As a traditional medicinal plant, its leaves are used to make nutritious drinks, which relieve stomach-ache. It is also energetic and can cure many womanly diseases. 


Leaves are 7-20 cm long, slightly hairy, ovate, dark green in color. If crushed sticky leaves emit a kind of aroma. 


Small yellowish flowers bloom in clusters on the axil of leaves. Flower has many stamens, it looks like the earring of women. Flower blooms in summer (May-June). Fruits are round in shape. The ripe fruit is purplish black in color. Propagation is caused by seeds. Village children frequently use these fruits as the bullet of toy gun. 


Other local names: Menda, Pisla menda, Kajlipata, Fotekka, Roton, Kharjura, Karjuki.