Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Citrus aurantifolia

Botanical name : Citrus aurantifolia (Christm.) Swingle.
Family : Rutaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Brihat nimbuka, Brihat jambira

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Amla, Madhura
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Bigarade orange, Seville orange
Hindi : Khatta
Malayalam : Vatukapuli narakam

Distribution – Throughout south India

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A medium sized tree grows up to 10 meters in height. Leaves foliolate, with winged leaf stalks, leaflets elliptic or ovate; acute or acuminate. Flowers white, fragrant, fruit globose, yellow when ripe, pulp sour, sweetish, seeds many.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, kapha, cough, dyspepsia, nausea, flatulence, colic and anemia.
Useful part : fruits.

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