Friday, September 4, 2009

Tectona grandis

Botanical name : Tectona grandis Linn.f.
Family : Verbenaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Sakha, Bhoomisaha

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Teak
Hindi : Sagvan, Sagoun
Malayalam : Thekku, Vanthekku

Distribution – Throughout India cultivated as well as growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large sized deciduous plant grows up to 40 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, large, elliptic-obovate, acute or acuminate, rough above and grey tomentose beneath; flowers many white, in large erect terminal tomentose cymes, fruits single, bony hard, globose drupes, with persistent calyx, contain 1-3 seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, inflammation, burning sensation, skin diseases, diabetes, stomatitis, ulcers, hemorrhages, urinary retention, kidney diseases, urinary calculi and arthritis.
Useful part : Leaves, Seeds, Bark, Root.

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