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Victor Jacquemont (1801-1832) was a French botanist and geologist. Born in Paris on August 8, 1801, Victor Jacquemont was the youngest of four sons of Venceslas Jacquemont and Rose Laisné. Jacquemont traveled to India in 1828, and remained there for the rest of his life. He visited Amber in Rajputana, met with the Sikh Emperor Ranjit Singh at his capital of Lahore, and visited the kingdom of Ladakh in the Himalaya. He also visited Bardhaman (Burdwan) in Bengal in November 1829. He died of disease in Bombay on December 7, 1832. Several plants are named for him, including Acacia jacquemontii, the Himalayan White Birch (Betula jacquemontii), the Indian Tree Hazel (Corylus jacquemontii), Afghan Cherry (Prunus jacquemontii), and the cobra lily or Jack in the pulpit (Arisaema jacquemontii).
wikipedia December 2013


Extracts of Betula utilis have long been used in Ayuverdic medicine against cancer and other diseases. None has been officially registered in Europe as a herbal medicine. Preparations from other species are used in cosmetics.
Professor Anthony Dayan, 2017

In the past decade beta-sitosterol, which occurs naturally in many plants, has been developed as an approved additive to many foods, including certain margarines and yoghurts, because it reduces the blood cholesterol and its ‘bad’ form, LDL, which are associated with the development of atheromatous plaques. Much beta-sitosterol, a plant stanol, is obtained from waste wood, a by-product of the paper and other timber industries in Finland and other countries. The commonest sources are varieties of Birch and Pine trees. Many other health claims have been made for beta-sitosterol but none has been substantiated.
Forchem- Green gold from tall oil

In 2016 Episalvan, an oleogel extract from B. pendula and B. pubescens, was approved in the European Community as a proprietary skin application to hasten the healing of partial thickness skin wounds. It has yet to be launched in the UK
Scheffler A 2019. TheWound Healing Properties of Betulin from Birch Bark from Bench to Bedside. Planta Med 2019; 85: 524–527.DOI


Previously known as Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
Plants of the World online, Kew Science link

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate


Betula utilis subsp. jacquemontii (Spach) Kitam.

Genus: Betula
Species: utilis D.Don
SubSpecies: jacquemontii (Spach) Kitam.
Common names: West Himalayan Birch; Kashmir Birch; Himalayan Birch
Distribution summary: Himalayas
Habit: Tree
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Habitat: High altitude woodland, damp woods, river banks
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Top of lawn by 'Sundial' (S)
Reason for growing: Medicinal

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