Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hibiscus esculentus

Botanical name : Hibiscus esculentus Linn. (Abelmoschus esculentus (Linn.) Moench )
Family : Malvaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Bhenda

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura
Guna : Guru, Picchila
Virya : Seeta.

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Lady’s finger, Okra
Hindi : Bhindi, Bhindi tori
Malayalam : Venda, Vendakkai

Distribution – Cultivated throughout India as vegetable.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An annual herb grows up to 2 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, palmately 3-5 lobed, scrubby; flowers yellowish white, center purple; fruits long slender, 6-8 angled, contain many round seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, inflammation, anemia, abdominal disorders. Urinary tract diseases and general debility.
Useful part : Fruits.

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