Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lantana camara

Botanical name : Lantana camara Linn.
Family : Verbenaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Chaturangi, Vanacchedi

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Guru
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Lantana weed
Hindi : Chaturang, Khaneri
Malayalam : Aripoov, Poochedi, Nattachedi

Distribution – Throughout India cultivated in gardens; also growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect much branched evergreen smelling shrub grows up to 5 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, ovate, acute, dentate and both side rough. Flowers small, yellow to red colored found in heads; fruits fleshy drupes. Green when young and dark blue on ripe.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, convulsions, malaria, epilepsy, tooth ache, wounds, ulcers, swelling, skin diseases, fistula, pustules and arthritis.
Useful part : Whole plant

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