Latin Name: Betula utilis
English Names: Himalayan Silver Birch, Indian Paper Birch
Sanskrit / Indian Name: Bhurjapatra
A moderate-sized tree up to 20 m in height, usually with a somewhat irregular bole.The bark contains betulin, lupeol, oleanolic acid, acetyloheanolic acid, betulitc acid, lupenone, sitosterol, methyle betulonate, methyl betulate and a new triterpenoid, karachic acid.
The bark is collected in Himachal Pradesh for sale as a drug. It is aromatic and has antiseptic properties.