Akorkonto, Sage-leaved alangium, Alangium salvifolium

Akorkonto or Sage-leaved alangium (Alangium salvifolium, family: Alangiaceae) is a medium-sized, usually 4-5 meters high, deciduous tree with branches. Wood is fragrant, firm and lasting. It is better as fuel. Propagation of the plant is caused by seeds and cuttings.

Other Bangla names: Akorkanta, Ankura.

Leaves are 8-12 cm long, elliptical-lanceolate with slightly pointed apex. Dark green leaves are hairy and they have some circular convex marks. There are some pointed big thorns, which are converted from young branches, available on the trunk of the tree. These are the main features of the tree. Flowers are scented and creamy white with linear petals. Flowers bloom in cluster in March.

Edible fruits are round and purplish black when ripe. Soft and sticky part of it is delicious.

Fruits with Vitamin-C prevents scurvy. Root, leaf, fruit and bark are used in local medicine. Propagation is caused by root and seed. The beautiful leafy and flowering plant is found in village thickets in Bangladesh. As a shadow-giving tree, it is also found in parks and roadside areas.


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