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Chukrasia tabularis


Chukrasia tabularis

Family Name: Meliaceae
Synonyms: Chickrassia tabularis, Chukrasia velutina
Common Name: Chittagong Wood, Chukrasia, Chickrassy, Indian Redwood


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Tree
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Indochina, Malay Peninsula
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Large tree, able to grow up to 30 - 40 m tall.
Trunk Girth size can reach up to 1 - 1.7 m wide, branching usually starts from 18 m up.
Foliage Green leaves, paripinnate and about 30 - 50 cm long, each leaf consist of 4 - 6 pairs leaflets with dentate margins, usually smooth surface.
Flowers Small, cream or white 4 - 5 petaled fragrant flowers, mostly axillary and borne on a panicle inflorescence up to 10 - 30 cm long, unisexual.
Fruit Fruit is an ovoid 3 - 5 valved capsule about 2.5 - 5 cm long.
Habitat Usually found in lowland evergreen or deciduous forest.
Etymology Genus Chukrasia is from the Hindi name "chikrassee". Species tabularis means flattened.
Ethnobotanical Uses Medicinal: The seed coat is crushed and boiled or eaten raw to treat diarrhea. An extract from the leaves is used to treat malaria and fungal problems.
Agriculture - Forestry: An extract from the twigs produces an effective antifeedant against the cabbage white butterfly in southern China.
Cultural / Religious: Heritage Tree: There is 1 individual of Chukrasia tabularis listed as Heritage Trees in Singapore. It can be found at Hooper Road. To find out more about this tree, please visit the Heritage Tree Register.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Form
Landscape Uses Roadside Tree / Palm, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Propagation Method Seed


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Foliar Type Compound
Foliar Margin Dentate
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.0 (Tree - Intermediate Canopy)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality Unisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Cream / Off-White

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Master ID 1511
Species ID 2804
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Species record last updated on: 09 April 2024.