Botanical name : Mallotus philippensis (Lam) Muell. Arg.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Rasa : Katu, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Kamala tree
Hindi : Sindur, Kamala
Malayalam : Kampippala, Sindoori, Kuramadakku, Manjana
Distribution – Growing naturally in evergreen forests in India.
A moderate sized tree grows up to 15 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, long petioled, ovate-lanceolate, entire or mildly serrate; flowers dioecious, small whitish, seen in axillary spikes; male in long spikes, and female in short spikes. Fruits globose, three lobed capsules, covered with dense reddish brown powder. Seeds black, smooth, and globose.
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, worm infestation, constipation, skin diseases, flatulence, wounds, ulcers, cough, renal and vesical calculi, poisons, ringworm, herpes and hemorrhages.
Useful part : Brown powder covering the fruit.