Terminalia chebula Health effects and herbal facts
Terminalia chebula is a species of Terminalia, native to southern Asia from India and Nepal east to southwestern China, and south to Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Vietnam. It is a deciduous tree growing to 30-metre tall, with a trunk up to 1-metre in diameter. The leaves are alternate to subopposite in arrangement, oval, 7–8-centimetre long and 4.5–10-centimetre broad with a 1–3-centimetre petiole. The fruit is drupe-like, 2–4.5-centimetre long and 1.2–2.5-centimetre broad, blackish, with five longitudinal ridges. There are many varieties such as: Terminalia chebula var. chebula. Leaves and shoots hairless, or only hairy when very young. Terminalia chebula var. tomentella C.B.Clarke. Leaves and shoots silvery to orange hairy.
Economic importance of Terminalia chebula
- China: China - Yunnan
- Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh; Bhutan; India; Nepal; Sri Lanka
- Indo-China: Cambodia; Laos; Myanmar; Vietnam