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Terminalia moluccana Willd.

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Watercolour illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh. ROX1720. In his 'Flora Indica', Roxburgh reports that there are two different varieties of this species, a larger and a smaller both growing in the Botanic garden at Calcutta. '[They] are so very like the real 'Beleric myrobalans', the produce of my 'Terminalia Belerica. Corom. pl. 2. N. 198' as to be sold by the native druggists as such, under the Hindoo name 'Bohura', which is their name for that drug.' Roxburgh also notes that this species is a native of the mountains north east of Bengal, and that in the Botanical garden at Calcutta, it flowers in April and May, and ripens the seed the following March. Drawing named Terminalia belerica Roxb.; Roxburgh says 'For some time I gave this species the trivial name eglandulosa; a specimen so named must have fallen into Willdenow's hand to have enabled him to quote me for that name'. (Willd. L. Sp. Pl. iv. 968 : 1806). Roxburgh, 'Flora Indica' (1832) v.2, p.432.

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South Asia

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