Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Albizia lebbeck


Botanical name : Albizia lebbeck (Linn.) Benth.
Family : Mimosaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Sireesha, Bhandi, Fanjhi, Sukataru, Mrdupushpa

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Madhura, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Anushnaseeta
Vipaka: Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Sizzling tree.
Hindi : Siris
Malayalam : Vaka, Nenmeni vaka

Distribution – Throughout India, in roadsides, and moist forests.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A medium sized deciduous tree grows up to 25 meters in height, leaves bipinnate, 2-4 pairs of pinnates, leaflets 5-9 pairs in each pinnate, with glands between bases, elliptic-oblong-ovate, flowers pinkish white, fragrant, in umbellate heads, fruits long pods, thin and yellowish green, seeds 4-8 oblong and compressed.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, kapha, poison, edema, urinary retention, inflammation, cough, skin diseases, diarrhea and oligospermia.
Useful part : Bark, Flowers, Seeds.

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