Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cerbera odollam

Botanical name : Cerbera odollam Gaertn.
Family : Apocynaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Svanamara, Auddalaka

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta,
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
Prahhava : Vikashi, Vyavayi

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Pilikirbir, Odollam tree, Dog-bane
Hindi : Dabur, Sukanu
Malayalam : Othalam, Odalam, Chattankaya

Distribution – Throughout India growing in river shores.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A medium sized evergreen tree grows up to 10 meters in height. Leaves opposite whorled, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, shiny and crowded at the end of branches; flowers large white, in terminal cymes. Fruits large, green drupes. Seeds solitary, hide in fibrous pericarp when matured.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, skin diseases, ringworm, and rabies. All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Useful part : Bark, Leaves, Fruits, Latex

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