Botanical name : Caryota urens Linn.
Family : Palmae
Rasa : Madhura
Guna : Guru
Virya : Seeta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Elephant’s palm, Fish-tail palm
Hindi : Mari, Mari ka jhat
Malayalam : Choondappana, Anappana, Eerampana
Distribution – Throughout India, growing wild.
A tall handsome palm grows up to 30 meters of height. Leaves 5-6 m long, bipinnate, drooping; leaflets are fish tail shaped. Flowers seen in peculiar pendular spadix, inflorescence is long, resembling a women’s hair. Flowers in a group of three, central female guarded by two male flowers. Fruits globose, reddish when ripe.
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, hyperdipsia, arthritis, burning sensation, migraine and general weakness.
Useful part : Tender leaves, nuts, arrack obtained from flower stalk.