Botanical name : Ochlandra scriptoria Denst. (Bambusa scriptoria Denst.)
Family : Bambusaceae (Gramineae)
Rasa : Tikta, Madhura, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Reed
Malayalam : Oda, Ota, Odakkuzhal chedi
Distribution – Throughout India growing wet forests and mainly on river shores.
A large grass grows up to 5 meters in height. Leaves simple alternate, long lanceolate, acute and scrubby. Flowers terminal in small branches, in long spikes. Seeds long, pointed on both sides and many. Stem hollow, about 1 inch radius and prominent nodes. Internodal length 30-54 cm.
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, diarrhea, cardiac ailments, leucorrhoea, skin disease and renal diseases.
Useful part : Roots, Leaves.