Indian Horse Chestnut

Aesculus indica

Aesculus indica is known as the Indian Horse Chestnut and differs from European species in being rounder in form with pink rather than white flowers that appear slightly later in June or July. The flowers are hermaphroditic and are pollinated by bees. It is native to the Himalayan Lowlands and was introduced into Great Britain in the nineteenth century as an ornamental in parks and estates.

Funky Facts Files: Its leaves are used as cattle fodder in India. The seeds are ground into a flour with the toxins rinsed out with water and can be mixed with wheat flour to make chapatis.

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