Taxon: Semecarpus anacardium L. f.

Genus: Semecarpus
Family: Anacardiaceae
  Subfamily: Anacardioideae
Nomen number: 33598
Place of publication: Suppl. pl. 182. 1782 ("1781")
Name Verified on: 27-Apr-2001 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 18-Oct-2001
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 5 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • marking nut-tree  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • phobi nut-tree  (Source: pers. comm.) - English
  • varnishtree  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • anacarde d'Orient  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • ostindischer Tintenbaum  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Hortus 3)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Poison Hawaii)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Nepal

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


  • Arnold, H. L. Poisonous plants of Hawaii. 1968 (Poison Hawaii)
  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. 1984 (Zander ed13)
  • Farr, E. R. et al., eds. Index nomina genericorum. 1979; suppl. 1986 (ING)
  • Grierson, A. J. C. & D. J. Long Flora of Bhutan including a record of plants from Sikkim. 1984- (F Bhutan)
  • Hara, H. et al. An enumeration of the flowering plants of Nepal. 1978-1982 (L Nepal)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Mitchell, J. D. 1996. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Parrotta, J. A. Healing plants of peninsular India. 2001 (Healing Pl India)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Steenis, C. G. G. J. van, ed. Flora malesiana. 1948- (F Males)
  • Wiersema, J. H. & B. León World economic plants: a standard reference (on-line edition) [medicinal plants only]. (World Econ Pl Med)

Check other web resources for Semecarpus anacardium L. f. :

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.