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Family ► Fabaceae.

Habitat ► The Andamans, sparingly cultivated in West Bengal.

English ► Andaman Padauk, Andaman Redwood.

Ayurvedic ► Rakta-chandana (var.).

Siddha ► Vengai (Tamil), Yerravegisa (Telugu).

Folk ► Chalangada (Andamans). Action ► See Pterocarpus santalinus.

The wood contains a red pigment santalin and a yellow flavonoid santal, both of which also occur in Pterocarpus santalinus. The bark and the heartwood contain pterostilbene. The heartwood yields pterocarpin, liquirit- igenin and isoliquiritigenin. The sapwood gave homopterocarpin additionally.

Pterocarpus indicus Willd. non-Baker, Malay Padauk, is also known as Vengai in Tamil and Yerravegisa in Telugu. A decoction of the wood is given in dropsy and for stone in the bladder. The bark-kino is used as an application for sores and a decoction of the bark or kino is used for diarrhoea.

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