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  • Botanical: Icica icicariba
  • Family: Burseraceae
  • Known as: Protium heptaphyllum, Protium icicariba, Copal, Kopal


The species are usually small or medium-sized trees, but some can be large, up to Template:35 tall. In their native range, some species are grown for timber, used as firewood, as medicinal plants, for their fruit, or in other cultural contexts.

Purging Croton
  • Botanical: Croton tiglium
  • Family: Euphorbiaceae
  • Known as: Jamaal Gota, Crotonöl
  • Old Use: medical

Purging Croton

A small tree or shrub with a few spreading branches bearing alternate petiolate leaves which are ovate, acuminate, serrate, smooth, dark green on upper surface paler beneath and furnished with two glands at base.

Flowers in erect terminal racemes, scarcely as long as the leaf, the lower female, upper male, straw-coloured petals.

Fruit a smooth capsule of the size of a filbert, three cells, each containing a single seed; these seeds resemble castor beans in size and structure, oblong, rounded at the extremities with two faces; the kernel or endosperm is yellowish brown and abounds in oil.

The oil is obtained by expression from the seeds previously deprived of the shell.

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