Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Artocarpus communis



Botanical name : Artocarpus communis Forst.
Family : Moraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Kshudrapanasa

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Madhura.
Guna : Guru, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta.

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Bread fruit
Hindi : Bilatti kat hal
Malayalam : Kadappilavu, Kadaplav, Seemaplav, Kadachakka

Distribution – Cultivated in throughout India, also growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A medium to large sized, spreading evergreen tree grows up to 25 meters in height. Leaves large, simple, lobed and scrubby. Flowers in catkins; unisexual; fruits prickly, globose, yellowish green, composite and seedless. Reproduction by root cuttings.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, anorexia, colic, and general weakness. Fruits used as vegetable. Latex on external use cures abscess and local inflammation.
Useful part : Fruits, Latex

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