Botanical name : Osbeckia wayanadensis C.B. Clarke
Family : Melastomataceae (Rosaceae)
Jaleshani, Kharapatri, Svabhrapushpi
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Malayalam : Atiranipoovu, Atiranipoo
Distribution – Growing wild in Western Ghats, along river banks.
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.
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