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     Rhododendron arboreum’s nectar is brewed to make wine and is effective in diarrhoea and dysentery. Its Corolla is administered in case of fishbone stuck in the gullet. Snuff made from the bark of the tree is excellent cold reliever. Young leaves can be processed into paste and applied on the forehead to alleviate headaches.

    Rhdodendron campanulatum is also used as snuff and is effective in case of cold and hermicrania. Also the species is used in curing chronic rheumatism, syphilis. The dried twigs and wood are used by Nepalese against phthisis and chronic fever. On being burnt its smoke causes irritation.

    Rhododendron cinnabarium is used in making flavoring agents, jam etc. The fried corolla of the species is liked by local inhabitants in Sikkim which taste delicacy while it is poisonous to animals.  

      Rhododendron setosum is used in making of aromatic oil, perfumery and cosmetics.  

     Extract from the Rhododendron thomsonii is used as natural insecticides as in valley of North Sikkim, while it is toxic/poisonous to human beings.




    Rhododendron lepidotum and Rhododendron anthopogum’s leaves are used as incense in Buddhist Monasteries. The flowers are used as offerings to pay homage and for decoration purpose at social occasions.



Other uses:

    Rhododendron arboretum’s wood is used to make Khukris’ handle, box and are as well used as common fire wood and occasionally converted to charcoal for blacksmith work.Rhododendron falconeri is used in making covers for fruit packaging, bamboo shoots’ canning etc. for distant marketing.Rhododendron fulgens’s leaves are used as wick for lighting fires by the local inhabitants of northern Sikkim, while Rhododendron hodgsonii’s wood is used to make spoon and ladles and also handles of khukri. Since the wood is hard, is a good fire wood and making wooden rods etc. Also the leaves of R. hodgsonii are used for packing apples and other temperate fruits.














   Amongst the many floral treaties of Sikkim Himalaya one of the earliest ones may be found over the genus Rhododendron (Gk. rhodo = red, dendrons = tree ). 



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  Orchid known for their brilliance in colors, unusual shapes attractive growth habits, variety in fragrance and exquisite beauty can attract any nature lovers.





The Genus



Medicinal Plant

Sikkim with its total geographical area of 7,096 sq km is bestowed with a huge diversity of flora and fauna.



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