Calophyllum inophyllum L.

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341 : 38-39

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Calophyllum inophyllum L.


Calophyllum inophyllum L.


Myanmar: ponenyet. English: Alexandrian laurel, Indian laurel, laurel-wood.


Africa, temperate and tropical Asia, Australasia, and Pacific. Found growing naturally in lower Myanmar, but also thrives well in coastal areas with hot and wet climates. It is cultivated in some areas.

Conservation status.

Lower Risk/least concern [LC] ( IUCN 2017).


Whole plant: Preparations made from the five parts used to regulate bile and phlegm, as well as to bind the blood. Leaf: Water from soaking the leaves is used for eye drops to alleviate burning. Bark: Liquid from boiling the bark is taken to relieve constipation and to stop hemorrhaging. Sap extracted from the bark is used to compound medicines for treating wounds and sores. Seed: Oil extracted from the seeds is used to make remedies for aches, pains, gonorrhea, leprosy, and other skin diseases.


The medicinal uses of this species in India are discussed in Jain and DeFilipps (1991).


Agricultural Corporation (1980).