Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Osbeckia wayanadensis

Botanical name : Osbeckia wayanadensis C.B. Clarke
Family : Melastomataceae (Rosaceae)

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Jaleshani, Kharapatri, Svabhrapushpi

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English :
Hindi :
Malayalam : Atiranipoovu, Atiranipoo

Distribution – Growing wild in Western Ghats, along river banks.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect perennial shrub grows up to 2 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, ovate-lanceolate, acute, and prominently veined, both surfaces are scrubby. Flowers bright red to pink colored and showy. Fruits fleshy hips enclosing small and blackish seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, inflammation, urinary tract infection, hemorrhage, menorrhagia, hemorrhoids and leucorrhea. Presence of this plant is an indication of pure underground water. This plant is on the verge of extinction due to water pollution and manmade destructive activities.
Useful part : Whole plant

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