Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Nyctanthes arbor-tristis

Botanical name : Nyctanthes arbor-tristis Linn.
Family : Oleaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMSParijata, Sephalika

Rasa : Tikta, Katu
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGESEnglish : Night jasmine, Coral jasmine
Hindi : Parja, Harsimgar
Malayalam : Parijatam, Pavizhamalli

Distribution – Throughout India cultivated as ornamental plant.

PLANT DESCRIPTION A large shrub or small tree grows up to 6 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, ovate, acute or acuminate, serrate or dentate; flowers small white, in trichotomous cymes. Fruits capsules, compressed, two seeded drupes.

Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, inflammation, sciatica, dyspepsia, cough, asthma, constipation, hemorrhoids, baldness, premature graying of hair and pruritus.
Useful part : Leaves, Flowers, Seeds.

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