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Averrhoa bilimbi - Belambu

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Belambu, Averrhoa bilimbi (Bilimbi)

Belambu or Averrhoa bilimbi is a fruit-bearing tree of the genus Averrhoa, family Oxalidaceae. It is a close relative of carambola tree.

Uses

Blood pressure, Syphilis, Itching, Rheumatism, Pimples, Coughs.

Parts Used

Fruits, Leaves.

Chemical Composition

2-furaldehyde; ascorbic acid; butyl-nicotinate; hexyl-nicotinate; niacin; oxalic acid; palmitic acid; riboflavin; thiamine; vitamin A[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Belambu
Hindi Bilimbi
Malayalam Vilumpi
Tamil Pulima
Telugu Gommareku
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Belambu
English Bilimbi, Cucumber-Tree


Properties

Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.

Dravya

Rasa

Guna

Veerya

Vipaka

Karma

Prabhava

Habit

Evergreen Tree

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
simple alternate Green leaves, alternate arrangement and usually clustered at the branch tips, measuring about 30 - 60 cm long, each leaf has about 11 - 37 ovate to oblong leaflets measuring about 2 - 10 cm long and 1.2 cm wide.

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Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
unisexual 2.5 cm long purplish-red flowers 5-petale Small purplish-red flowers borne in a pendulous panicle inflorescence, 5-petled and fragrant, each inflorescence has about 60 flowers

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
small 5inches clearly grooved lengthwise, Lowest hooked hairs aligned towards crown oblong, obtuse, tipped with long style base, flat, thin, papery, undulately crimpled, pilose, pale brown. 12-20 seeds {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

A plant of the humid tropical lowlands, where it can also be found at elevations up to 1,200 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 23 - 30°c, but can tolerate 10 - 36°c[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Woodland primary and secondary forests, Along river.

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