Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cedrus deodara

Botanical name : Cedrus deodara (Roxb.ex.D.Don) G.Don.
Family : Pinaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Devadaru, Suradaru, Bhadradaru, Paribhadra, Amarakashta, Snehavriksha

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Katu
Guna : Lakhu, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Deodar, Himalayan cedar
Hindi : Dvedar, Deodar
Malayalam : Devadaru, Devadaram

Distribution – Growing naturally in Himalayan valley also found in Ooty district of Tamilnadu.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A moderate to large sized evergreen coniferous tree grows up to 80 meters in height. Leaves needle like, sharp, pointed, triquetrous, male cones solitary, cylindrical, found at the tip of barnchlets, females globose, formed of woody placenta scales. Seeds pale brown, with longer wings aid in dispersion. Heartwood is yellowish brown, fragrant and yield oil on heating.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, pain, arthritis, ear ache, inflammation, headache, epilepsy, insomnia, cough, bronchitis, hiccough, diabetes, urinary tract infections, calculi, skin diseases and cardiac disorders.
Useful part : Leaves, Heartwood, Oil.

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