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LARIX GRIFFITHIANA

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Synonym ► L. griffithii Hook. f. & Thoms.

Family ► Pinaceae.

Habitat ► The Himalayas from eastern Nepal to Bhutan at altitudes of 2,400-3,600 m.

English ► Himalayan Larch, Sikkim Larch.

Folk ► Boargasella, Binyi (Nepal).

Action ► Balsam—antiseptic, hypermic.

Key application ► Larix decidua Miller—in rheumatic and neuralgic discomforts, catarrhal diseases of the respiratory tract, furuncle (in the form of ointments, gels, emulsions and oils). (German Commission E.)

American Larch is equated with Larix laricina Koch., synonym L. americana Michx. It is known as Tamarac.

European Larch is equated with Lar- ix decidua Miller., synonym L. europea DC., Pinus larix L., Abies larix. It is known as Pine Larch.

The bark of American Larch contains 2-15% tannins. The bark of Larix dedidua is also astringent, balsamic and diuretic. It contains lig- nans; lariciresinol, liovil and secoiso- lariciresinol; 60-80% resins; essential oil, containing alpha- and beta-pinene, limonene, phellandrene, borneol as major constituents.

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