Boraginaceae, Cordia myxa (Syn. C. dichotoma), Assyrian plum, لسوڑا, Lasura – Chios, Greece
Common names include: لسوڑا, Lasura, Assyrian Plum, Pidar, Panugeri, Naruvilli, Geduri, Spistan, and Burgund dulu wanan.
The Assyrian plum is a tree of tropical and subtropical regions, native to India, Myanmar, and Nepal. It is found in a variety of forests ranging from dry deciduous forests in Rajasthan to the moist deciduous forests of Western Ghats and tidal forests of Myanmar (Burma). The tree will grow at altitudes between 200 – 1500 meters with an average annual rainfall of 250 – 3000 mm.
Immature fruits can be pickled and used as a vegetable. Pickle made from the fruit is affective against indigestion. The fresh foliage yields good animal fodder and trees are often topped for this purpose.
The Assyrian plum fruit can be light pale to brown or even pink in color. The color gets darker as it ripens. When fully ripe the fruit is quite sweet and rich in vitamins. Regular consumption is supposed to be helpful in promoting good hair growth. The bark and roots of the tree are effective as a remedy against cough, cold and other indigestion and throat related ailments.
The wood is favored for ornamental woodwork.