Friday, September 4, 2009

Tabernaemontana divaricata

Botanical name : Tabernaemontana divaricata (Linn.) R.Br. ex Roem & Schultes
Family : Apocynaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Nandeevriksha, Khsirika, Ksheeri, Vishnupriya

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : East Indian rosebay
Hindi : Chameli, Chandini, Tagar
Malayalam : Nandyarvattam, Nandyarvartham

Distribution – Throughout India, cultivated as garden plant.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An evergreen, much branched shrub grows up to 2.5 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, elliptic-lanceolate, covered with cuticle; flowers white fragrant, in axillary or terminal cymes; fruits follicles, ribbed and curved, orange or bright red colored; seeds dull brown, enclosed in the pulpy aril. Reproduction usually by vegetative manner.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, diseases of the eye, headache, skin diseases, bleeding disorder, itching, and arthritis.
Useful part : Root, Flowers, Latex.

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