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What might be the scientific name of the Tiritaka tree?

In DN8.14 the ascetic Kassapa mentions the use of the bark of the Tiritaka tree for clothing. What is the kind of tree which is meant here?

from Nature and the Environment in Early Buddhism
© S Dhammika, 2015

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I did find the Symplocos racemosa, but it says (besides many medicinal benefits) only that its bark was used for dying robes so I wondered if this was the right one, if the bark could also be used to make garments…

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED TREE SPECIES SYMPLOCOS RACEMOSA has antimicrobial ( bacteria, archaea, fungi, protozoa, algae, and viruses) properties- always eminently practical, they weren’t just dying the robes for colour:

A more modern take:

“Donating one kilogram (2.2 lb) of plastic bottles can help make a full set of monk robes,"