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The Bark and heart wood of the Bija tree has  the key ingredient- Pterostillbene- which has applications for treatment of diabetes, improving brain function and treatment of HIV. It is considered as the ‘drug of the future’. Bija is a fast-growing found in the Northern Western Ghats.

It is a globally threatened tree species, designated ‘Vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List.

Scientific name:

Pterocarpus marsupium

Family:  Fabaceae

Common names:  Malabar Kino, Bija, Vijayasar


1 tree provides income equivalent to clear-felling of 600 standing trees. 

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