Zanthoxylum nitidum is a species of flowering plant in the citrus family. Common names include shiny-leaf prickly-ash. In Assamese it is known as tez-mui and tejamool. It is also called liang mian zhen.
The plant is a "morphologically variable" prickly shrub. It is aromatic. It is sometimes a climbing plant. The leaves are made up of several leathery oval leaflets which are up to 12 by 8 centimeters in size. Flowers, which occur in the leaf axils, have yellow-green petals a few millimeters long. The fruit is a red-brown follicle.
A great many species of Zanthoxylum are used as medicine in various parts of the world. This species is used medicinally in India for many purposes, including the treatment of toothache, fever, cough, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is also used as an insecticide and a piscicide. In China it is also used medicinally for pain management and other purposes. It may protect the stomach from peptic ulcers. Extracts from some parts of the plant have antibacterial action. The plant contains the anticancer compound nitidine.
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