Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
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Saponins in the seed are used as a soap substitute. The saponins can be easily obtained by chopping the seed into small pieces and infusing them in hot water. This water can then be used for washing the body, clothes etc. Its main drawback is a lingering odour of horse chestnuts[K]. The seed contains variable amounts of saponins, up to a maximum of 10%.
A starch obtained from the seed is used in laundering.
The bark and other parts of the plant contain tannin, but the quantities are not given.
A yellow dye is obtained from the bark.
The flowers contain the dyestuff quercetin.
Wood – soft, light, not durable. Of little commercial value, it is used for furniture, boxes, charcoal[2, 11, 46, 61].
Cultivation & Habitat
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