Common Name: Madhuka, mahuwa, Iluppai or vippa chettu or Butternut treeBotanical name: Madhuca longifolia
Madhuca longifolia, commonly known as Mahua, Madhuka or Iluppai is extensively found in Northern and central India, and native to the Indian subcontinent. It is evergreen and grows upto 20 metres in height, and would suit your garden to provide cover. It is cultivated for its oil producing seeds, to produce detergents and for skin care and as a vegetable butter. Tasar silk is made with moths that feed on these leaves.
Did you know that a tamil saying about this tree means that “if there is no cane sugar, this flower can be used” owing to its sweetness? But it is strongly cautioned not to use it extensively.