Botanical name : Pandanus odoratissimus Linn.f.
Family : Pandanaceae
Ketaki, Ketaka, Chamarapushpaka, Deerkhapatra, Gandhapushpa, Indukalika, Jambuka, Kandadala
Rasa : Katu, Tikta, Madhura
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Tatch screw pine
Hindi : Kedgi, Kedva
Malayalam : Pookaita, Kaita, Tazha, Tazamboo, Kainari
Distribution – Throughout India, growing along river shores and costal areas.
An erect perennial shrub or tree grows up to 5 meters long. Leaves long, coriaceous, with marginal and medial spines. Male flowers in numerous subsessile spikes, with fragrant spathe, female solitary in spadix. Fruits oblong or cylindrical syncarps, yellow when ripe. Stem contain numerous leaf marks, and is supported by aerial stilt roots.
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, urinary retention, skin diseases, headache, ear ache, wounds, flatulence, colic, arthritis, cervical spondylosis, fever, diabetes, infertility, habitual abortion and general debility.
Useful part : Root, Leaves, Flowers