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Cycas circinalis - Hintala

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Hintala, Cycas circinalis

Hintalabelongs to an ancient group of plants, the cycads. It is a graceful palm like plant with tough pinnate leaves and rough bark. Cycas circinalis is uncommon in India and can be found in dry as well as well as wet forests in peninsular India.


Arthritis, Burning sensation, vomiting, fever, Hemorrhoids [1]

Parts Used

Bark, Leaves, Seeds

Chemical Composition

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada goddeechalu, mundichalu
Hindi jangli-madan-must-ka-phul
Malayalam eenthakay, entha, ichal, indalapana, toddapana
Tamil intapanai, kama, kama-maram, madana-kamampu
Telugu dzavvubiyyamu, kamakshi, madana kamakshi, madana mastu, varugudu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit hintalah
English Sago palm, cycad



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



Madhura (Sweet). Kashaya (Astringent)


Guru (Heavy), Snigdha (Oily)


Sheeta (cold)



Pitta, Vata






Kind Shape Feature
pinnate Crowded at top of stem The leaves are bright green, semiglossy, 150-250 cm long, flat (not keeled) in

section (opposing leaflets inserted at 180° on rachis), with 170 leaflets, tomentum shedding as leaf expands



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual Male and female on separate individuals Yellow-brown Male Sago plants develop a cone approximately 30 cm tall coming from the center of the top. The cone is white or yellow, rounded and produces abundant pollen. The female inflorescence is displayed on the feather-like seed-bearing leaves. Microsporophylls densely aggregated to form large terminal cones. Megasporophylls loosely arranged, crowded round the apex of stem; ovules 1-5 on either side of sporophyll. Seeds globose.


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Globose The seeds have a spongy layer that allows them to float on water. As a slow growing plant, the seed can take from 6–18 months to germinate {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

Season to grow

Soil type


Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area.

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