Kendu Leaf – UPSC Prelims

Kendu Leaf:
  • Kendu Leaf is a species of flowering tree in the family Ebenaceae.
  • It is native to India and Sri Lanka.
  • The states producing Kendu leaves in India comprise mainly Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.
  • Kendu leaf is called the green gold of Odisha.
  • It is a nationalized product, like bamboo and the sal seed.
  • It is one of the most important non-wood forest products in Odisha.
  • The Kendu leaves are used to wrap bidis, a popular smoke among the locals.
  • Tribals living in remote forests, pluck the Kendu leaves and sell them in the market to earn their livelihood.
  • Traditional medical practitioners use Kendu Leaves to treat malaria, diarrhoea, and dysentery. Due to their antimicrobial properties, the leaves are applied to cuts and bruises as well.