Thursday, September 10, 2009
Botanical name : Bombax pentandrum Linn. (Ceiba pentandra (Linn.) Gaertn.
Family : Bombacaceae
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Seeta.
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Kopok tree, White silk cotton tree.
Hindi : Saphed simal.
Malayalam : Panjimaram.
Distribution – Throughout southern part of India growing wild, as well as cultivated.
A medium sized deciduous tree grows up to 25 meters in height. Leaves compound, trifoliate, petiolate, leaf lets lanceolate; flowers white at the end of branches. Fruits oblong, fusiform, seeds round, small black and surrounded with a tuft of long silky hairs. Bark is smooth, greenish, with thorns when young.
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, splenomegaly, tumor, constipation, colic, flatulence, urinary retention, and seminal weakness.
Useful part : Root, Bark.