Friday, September 4, 2009

Thespesia populnea (Linn.) Soland ex Correa

Botanical name : Thespesia populnea (Linn.) Soland ex Correa
Family : Malvaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Haripuccha, Gardabhanda, Parisha, Kamandalu

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Portia tree, Umbrella tree
Hindi : Parasapipal
Malayalam : Poovarasu, Chelantipatta, Pooparutti

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in costal areas.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large evergreen tree grows up to 25 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, long petioled, cordate, entire, and acuminate. Flowers yellow, changes to purple slowly. Fruits globose brown capsules.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, skin diseases, hepatitis, jaundice, ulcers, wounds, psoriasis, scabies, urinary tract infections, diabetes, cholera, cough, asthma and guneaworm infections.
Useful part : Leaves, Bark, Flowers

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