Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Vanda roxburghii R. Br.

Botanical name : Vanda roxburghii R. Br. (Rincostylus retusa.)
Family : Orchidaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vrikshakadali, Vrikshadani, Gandhanakuli, Vandaka, Rasna.

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Snigdha
Virya : Seeta.

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Rinco orchid
Hindi : Rasnanai
Malayalam : Maravazha, Kurukkan val poovu, Arathamaravazha.

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in evergreen forests.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A glabrous epiphytic orchid. Leaves simple, opposite, long and fleshy; flowers in long panicled spikes, rose colored, fragrant, and last for one month without falling off. Flowering season is only once in a year. Fruits are small capsules with numerous spores containing. Plant sticks on the host tree with its fleshy roots. Plant possesses hanging velemen roots to absorb the atmospheric moisture.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, vata, pain, arthritis, burning sensation, skin diseases, otitis media, nervine weakness and in poison bites. Useful part : Root, Leaves.

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