Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Passiflora caerulea

Botanical name : Passiflora caerulea Linn.
Family : Passifloraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS

Mamataphala, Amlaphala

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Amla, Kashaya
Guna : Guru
Virya : Snigdha

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Passion fruit
Hindi : Passion fruit
Malayalam : Passion fruit

Distribution – Throughout India, cultivated.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial tendril climber grows over large trees and bushes. Leaves palmately 3-7 lobed and alternate. Leaves are opposed by tendrils. Flowers bluish purple colored, axillary and very attractive. Fruits globose greenish berries, containing numerous small brownish seeds, covered by slimy sour pulp.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, hysteria, insomnia, epilepsy, anxiety neurosis, and depression. It has mood elevating property. Fruit is one of the richest sources of anti oxidants.
Useful part : Fruits, Leaves.

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