Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Plumeria rubra

Botanical name : Plumeria rubra Linn. (White variety)
Family : Apocynaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Ksheerachampaka, Svetachampaka

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Katu, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Pogodo tree, Plumeria
Hindi : Chameli, Gopurachampa, Golenchi
Malayalam : Eezhachempakam, Alari, Kumkumapoov

Distribution – Throughout India, cultivated near temples and gardens.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A deciduous fleshy stemmed tree grows up to 15 meters in height. Leaves simple, arranged in a whorl, with prominent veins, crowded at the end of branches. Flowers fragrant, yellow with creamy center Fruits follicles. Reproduction is by vegetative manner.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, ulcers, skin diseases, inflammations, arthritis and constipation.
Useful part : Root, Leaves, Latex, Bark.

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