Soymida febrifuga (Roxb.) A. Juss., Mém. Mus. Hist. Nat. 19: 251 251 1832. (syn. Swietenia febrifuga Roxb.);
India: Uttar Pradesh, Bihar. Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala; Sri Lanka as per BSI Flora of India;
Indian red wood, Bastard cedar, Rohini, Rohina, Rohan, Sombi, Palara, Sohan, Shem, Somi;


Kindly id this tree. Has fleshy fruits.


05-05-2010 / 03:00 PM

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- 

Mudumalai WLS; 600 msl; TN

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- 

dry forest land

Plant Habit-



Up to 8 metre

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 

4 x 15 cm

Inflorescence Type/ Size- 

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- 

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- 

5cm across; fleshy berry

Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.- 

fruits smells sweet

Could it be Soymida febrifuga ?

I think … you are right there is possibility of being Soymida febrifuga as the due to wilting the leaf morphology have chandes, the fruit looks quite similar to Soymida febrifuga !!

Descriptions by K.M.Matthew in Excursion Flora of TN affirms this to be Soymida febrifuga (Roxb.) A. Juss. of Meliaceae.


Soymida febrifuga 28101101PD Flora of Orissa: sharing the pictures of Soymida febrifuga of Meliaceae
which I had taken from Ranpur, Nayagarh, Orissa
Place of collection: Ranpur, Nayagarh
Altitude: 320 m above msl
Habit: Tree
Habitat: Dry deciduous forest
Local name: Rohini

Uses: The bark is used to treat chronic Jundice along with other plant parts.

This is a very common plant in Orissa, and it is found up to an elevation of 200 to 800 m above msl in dryer parts of Orissa. One of the ecological aspect of this species is it is resistant to fire as i found this in almost all fire prone forest patches in Orissa.

Nice pictures, … This is called ‘mamsarohini’ in Sanskrit and is said to be used for the treatment of a rare disease – muscular dystrophy.

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Nice photographs ! Have one on my farm. Sending a few photographs to showcase the leaves.

In fact it is not ‘mamsarohini’ but “Mamsa Rohini” as it is having miraculous effect on seventh (i.e. deepest) layer of skin known as Rohini. In many parts of India, that’s why it is known as Rohina.
There are over 100 Sanskrit names of Soymida febrifuga and
At least 10 different plant species are known as “Mamsa Rohini” along with Soymida due to its effect on skin.

Thanks …, for the correction as well as useful information.
Its a news to me that there are also several other plants known as “Mamsa Rohini”. Is there any common indicators for these species, other than the use? It will be interesting to know their names, if possible.

The tree is fairly common in Tadoba W.L.Sanctuary


ID request-030512-PKA1:

Seen this large tree at Nagpur.
Date/Time: 03-05-2012 / 07:30AM
Location: Ambazari, Nagpur
Habitat: Wild

Plant Habit: Tree

i think this is Soymida febrifuga of Meliaceae

you post reminded me our 3 months stay in Nagpur

Great to get this plant in your collection, … — am waiting for it !!
BUT will have to travel towards Vidarbha region of Maharashtra to get it.

Soymida febrifuga : Attachments (5).  9 posts by 8 authors.
Sharing few photographs of Soymida febrifuga from Nagpur.
Bot. name:
Soymida febrifuga
Family: Meliaceae
Plant Habit: Tree
Habitat: Wild
Location: Ambazari, Nagpur

Thanks for posting this tree. Do you have any pics of the leaves?

very nice documentation. Did you get all the pictures in Plate1 together or at different times? Soymidas in Nagpur seem to flower a month later than in Maharashtra.

The photograph of the fruits were taken last year where as all the remaining photographs in plate -1 are taken during my last visit to Nagpur.

Very good set of pictures indeed.

A different type of stamenal tube here. (characteristic in Meliaceae flowers)


ID Request 260913SG : Attachments (2). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Please help identify following tree seen in Almatti Dam garden.

Photographed 17June13.

This is Soymida febrifuga [Meliaceae].


Tree for ID : 18102013: RV 1 : Attachments (5). 4 posts by 4 authors.

Please help to identify this tree found in Gir Forest National Park, Gujarat……..picture taken in the 1st week of April,13

To me this looks Soymida febrifuga of Meliaceae

I agree with … id.

The lobes in the fruits are very distinct here, may be it is normal to young fruits. Mature ones don’t show such prominent ridges.

Soymida febrifuga (Roxb.) A.Juss : Attachments (3). 1 post by 1 author.

Soymida febrifuga (Roxb.) A.Juss, Fam: Meliaceae

Meium sized tree present both in the east and western Ghats,
recorded from Talakona near Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh,

frequent wild tree in the deciduous forest.


Fwd: need your expert opinion – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (5)

Sending pics of a tree along with its leaves and trunk.
Laeves when boiled in water, water becomes red coloured and used for Respiratory problems.

Can you help me in identifying the tree?

looks like Soymida febrifuga

I agree with … Very important medicinal plant, used for muscular dystrophy, a dreadful disease.

I am forwarding Hindi article on this species from series “Excerpts from my Jungle Diary.” Between June 4 to September 9, 2009 I have written 65 articles in this series. All are online. Please visit

Re: Rahani from Odisha : 5 posts by 3 authors. 2 images.
… has sent me these photos from Odisha and he says it is called Rahani in Odiya. The dried fruits are used as a decoration item. Please identify

Soymida febrifuga (Roxb.) A. Juss. [Meliaceae].

Thanks, …, for id. I also find these closer to images at Soymida febrifuga (Roxb.) A. Juss.

Tree for ID, Hyderabad NAW-MAY18-02 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Kindly try to identify this tree with oval pods. The photographs are not very clear, they were sent to me by someone.

Soymida febrifuga (Roxb.) A. Juss. [Meliaceae]. Most of the capsules in the first image (aaa.jpeg) are unripe while those in the second (bbb.jpeg) are fully dehisced.

Thank you. ill try to go to the same tree to get better pictures.


Soymida febrifuga : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4) – 1 Mb each.
Found in Jawadhu hills of Eastern ghats this September.


Meliaceae: Soymida febrifuga Juss.: 1 high res. image.
synonyms: Swietenia febrifuga Roxb., Swietenia rubra Wight ex Wall.
location/date: Barha, Jabalpur Distr., Madhya Pradesh, October 1994



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