Holoptelea integrifolia commonly known as vavla or Indian elm is a medicinal plant. It is a large deciduous tree, about 20–25 m tall (rarely over 30 m), with a broad crown featuring several ascending branches. The bark is grey in color, covered with blisters, peeling in corky scales on old trees. Leaves are alternately arranged, elliptic-ovate in shape, 8–13 cm long and 3–6.5 cm wide, smooth, with entire margins (occasionally toothed), and a pointed tip. The leaf base is rounded or heart-shaped. Stipules are lance-shaped. Crushed leaves emit an unpleasant odor. Flowers are small, greenish-yellow to brownish, pubescent, borne in short racemes or fascicles at the scars of fallen leaves. Sepals are velvety, often 4. The fruit is a circular samara, 2.5 cm in diameter, with membranous, net-veined wings, and flat seed.