Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pandanus odoratissimus

Botanical name : Pandanus odoratissimus Linn.f.
Family : Pandanaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Ketaki, Ketaka, Chamarapushpaka, Deerkhapatra, Gandhapushpa, Indukalika, Jambuka, Kandadala

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
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.

PLANT DESCRIPTION

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.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

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

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