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Which tree's leaves are used as wrappers for Bidis (a Indian poor man's cigarette)?

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posted Aug 6, 2016 by Atindra Kumar Nath

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Common name: Bidi Leaf Tree • Hindi: कठमूली katmauli, झिंझेरी jhinjheri • Marathi: अपटा apta, सोना sona

Bauhinia racemosa, commonly known as the Bidi leaf tree is a rare medicinal species of flowering shrub with religious significance. It is a small crooked tree with drooping branches that grows 3–5 metres (10–16 ft) tall and flowers between February and May. It is native to tropical Southeast Asia.

In Maharashtrian families it is customary to exchange leaves of the Aapta tree on the Hindu festive day of Dussehra. An act known as exchanging Gold—pointing to the special significance of the plant on that particular day.

answer Aug 6, 2016 by Amit Kumar Pandey
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