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Achras zapota Linn.

Achras zapota Linn.

Synonym _ Manilkara zapota (Linn.)

P. van Royan

Manilkara achras (Mill.) Fosberg

Sapota achras Mill.

Family _ Sapotaceae.

Habitat _ Native to Central America.

Cultivated chiefly in Maharashtra,

Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

English _ Sapota, Sapodilla Plum,

Chicle.

Unani _ Sapotaa, Cheeku.

Siddha/Tamil _ Shimai eluppai.

Action _ Fruit—antibilious. Seed—

diuretic. Fruit and bark—febrifuge.

The bark contains latex

of which consists of gutta-percha-like

substance); also contains tannin

. The seeds contain quercitol.

Chewing gum consists of approximately

chicle, plus sugar, corn

syrup and flavourings.

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