Quercus leucotrichophora A Camus

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Family Name:

Fagaceae

Local Name/

English Name: Flowering Period: Status: Part Used: Habit/Habitat:

Distribution:

Description:

Rein, Shah baloot, Shindar/Oak

April-May

Common

Whole plant

A tall tree, mostly grows on shady slopes of hilly areas in loamy soil.

Pakistan: Hazara, Murree, Dir, Swat, Poonch, Sakeser, and Salt Range. World: India, Nepal, and Burma.

An evergreen tree up to 20 m tall. Stem erect, branched, woody, and hard with dark gray bark. Leaves simple, elliptic-lanceolate, alternate, petiolate, and spiny-toothed with upper surface dark green and under surface white tomentose. Inflorescence catkin, long, with 4-6 stamens. Cupules broad, half-enclosing the oblong gray nut fruit

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Shah Baloot Leaf Pic
Fig. 3.76 Quercus leucotrichophora A. Camus

Family Name: Fagaceae

Medicinal Uses:

Collection: 300 g of fresh bark is collected by men 25-40 years old, in winter (November-March). The bark is cut into small 2-4-in. pieces.

Recipes: (a) 300 g of fresh bark of Quercus incana and 500 g of fresh roots of Rumex hastatus (Kathimal) are boiled together in 5 L of water for 2-3 h. When 1 L of water is left, it is strained with a piece of cloth. This decoction is mixed with 1/2 Kg wheat flour (sooji), 200 g of sugar, and 250 g of ghee (desi) and cooked for 20-25 min. This sweet meal (halwa) is given to patients suffering from asthma, cough, fever, and rheumatism. For children, 1-2 tsp (15-20 g) of halwa (at one time) is given once or twice daily for 4-5 days. For adults, 2-3 tsp (40-50 g) of halwa (at one time) is given twice daily for 10-15 days. This drug is also given to cattle suffering from body weakness; 200 g of drug (at one time) is given to cattle 2-3 times per day for 6-7 days. (b) 150 g of fresh bark is boiled daily in 2 cups (500 mL) of water for 25-30 min. When 1 cup (250 mL) of water is left, it is strained with a piece of cloth. This decoction is given to patients suffering from backache. For children, not used. For adults, 1 cup (250 mL) of decoction (at one time) is given once daily, before breakfast, for 6-7 days.

Family Name:

Fagaceae

Diseases Cured: Ethnobotanical

Uses:

Phytochemicals:

Asthma, cough, fever, rheumatism, and backache.

Leaves are used as fodder for cattle, goats, and sheep. Wood is used to make agricultural implements, plows, and tool handles; for thatching; and as fuelwood and timber.

Fatty, oleic, palmatic, and linoleic acids, moisture, ash, oil, tannins, protein, cellulose, and carbohydrates [27, 64].

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