Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Phoenix pusilla

Botanical name : Phoenix pusilla Gaertn.
Family : Arecaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS

Parooshaka

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES

Rasa : Madhura, Amla
Guna : Guru
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

English : Wild date-palm
Hindi : Palavat
Malayalam : Chiteental

Distribution – In dry forests of Southern parts of India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION

A shrubby short perennial monecious palm tree grows up to 4 meters in height. Leaves compound, pinnate, with sub opposite leflets, sword shaped and rigid. Flowers in spadix infloresence, enclosed in spathe, male white and female greenish. Fruits berries, black when ripe, enclosing stony seed.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, burning sensation, fever, cardiac debility, peptic ulcer and general weakness.
Useful part : Fruits, Root.

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