Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mimusops elengi

Botanical name : Mimusops elengi Linn.
Family : Sapotaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Bakula, Gandhapushpa

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Bullet-wood tree
Hindi : Bakul, Maulsiri
Malayalam : Elanji, Ilanji

Distribution – Growing wild in Western Ghats and in Andaman Islands.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A moderate sized evergreen tree grows up to 15 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, oblong, acute or acuminate, glabrous, leathery and wavy margins; flowers gray colored, very fragrant, found as solitary in leaf axils. Fruits ovoid berries, containing 1-2 seeds per fruit.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, urinary tract infections, diarrhea, dysentery, wound, ulcers, headache, dental caries and constipation.
Useful part : Bark, Flower Fruits, Seeds.

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