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LYONIA OVALIFOLIA

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(Wall.) Drude.

Synonym ► Pieris ovalifolia D. Don.

Family ► Ericaceae.

Habitat ► Outer Himalayas from Kashmir to Sikkim, at 1,000 to 2,500 m, and in Khasi hills between 1,200 to 2,000 m.

Folk ► Angyaar (Garhwal), Arwan (Punjab), Angeri (Nepal).

Action ► Young leaves and buds— used externally for cutaneous affections. Leaves—insectici- dal. Honey from flowers— poisonous.

Leaves contain a toxic, insecticidal substance andromedotoxin.

The wood yields 0.51% ash, rich in soluble potassium salts.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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