Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Caryota urens

Botanical name : Caryota urens Linn.
Family : Palmae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Sreetala

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
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.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
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.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, hyperdipsia, arthritis, burning sensation, migraine and general weakness.
Useful part : Tender leaves, nuts, arrack obtained from flower stalk.

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