Bahera (Terminalia bellerica)


Bahera is a tall handsome tree, 12-50 m tall. Leaves are alternately arranged or fascicled at the end of branches. Leaf tip is narrow- pointed or rounded. In traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Baheda is known as “Bibhitaki;” in its fruit form it is used in the popular Indian herbal rasayana treatment triphala. This species is used by some tribes in the Indian subcontinent for its mind-altering qualities – they smoke dried kernels. Too much of this can cause nausea and vomiting.