Semecarpus anacardium (PROSEA)
From PlantUse English
- Family: Anacardiaceae
- Marking-nut tree, oriental cashew nut (En)
- Thailand: rakkhon (Kanchanaburi).
Originating from India, now also cultivated in Africa, Australia, and occasionally in South-East Asia.
The swollen pedicel looks like a fruit and is eaten after roasting; the kernel may be eaten, but needs careful shelling. Juice from the false fruit, mixed with lime water, gives a black marking ink. The nuts are used in tanning, the false fruits in dyeing. The pericarp contains about 9% of an irritating oil which is used in traditional medicine, but also in industry (in lacquers, paints, insulating material). The wood is used as charcoal.
- Tree, up to 15 m tall.
- Leaves simple.
- Flowers unisexual, seldom bisexual, greenish.
- Fruit a globose-ovoid drupe, reniform, 2 cm × 2.5 cm, black; hypocarp fleshy, equal to drupe.
On hill slopes, usually between 500-1000 m altitude. In India flowering in May-July, fruiting in March.
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