Manilkara ZAPOTA (L.) Royen.

Synonym : Achras sapota L.
Bangla Name : Safeda, Sappol, Chiku.
English Name : Sapodilla Plum, Sapota.
Family : Sapotaceae
Disease : Febrifuge, astringent, tonic, diarrhea, paludism and diuretic.
Description : An evergreen, medium-sized spreading tree. Leaves coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate or elliptic-oblong, 7.5-12.5 cm, obtuse, clustered at the end of branches. Flower long-pedicelled, solitary, axillary. Fruit globose, 3.8-5 cm across, fleshy, edible.
Distribution : Planted all over the country.
Chemical Constituents : ?- and ?-amyrin acetate, taraxerol, taraxeryl acetate, ursolic acid, ?-sitosterol-?-D-glucoside, glucose and quercitol have been isolated from leaves, they also contain myricetin and its 3-O-L-rhamnoside. Seeds contain oleanolic acid, hederagenin and basi
Uses : Bark is febrifuge, astringent and tonic, given in diarrhoea and paludism. Fruits soaked in melted butter whole night and eaten in the next morning is considered preventive against biliousness and febrile attacks. Seeds are diuretic.
Habit : Tree