Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Artocarpus heterophyllus



Botanical name : Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.
Family : Moraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Panasa, Svaduphala

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Madhura, Tikta
Guna : Guru
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Jackfruit tree.
Hindi : Kathal, Chakki
Malayalam : Plavu, Plav, Pilav

Distribution – Throughout India cultivated as well as growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large spreading evergreen tree grows up to 30 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, entire, shiny, ovate and acute. Male flowers seen in cylindrical receptacles, and female in globose receptacles. Fruits large, fleshy, globose multiple fruit covered with thorny tubercles. Seeds oval and shiny.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, diarrhea, fever, wound, skin diseases, urinary retention and general weakness.
Useful part : Root, Leaves, Fruit, Seeds, Wood, Latex.

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