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Leea macrophylla - Hastikarna

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Leea macrophylla is a perennial plant with stems that becomes more or less woody. The plant is often shrub-like and occasionally tree-like, growing from a tuberous rootstock. The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and dye, It is planted in Sri Lanka for its medicinal use and may well also be cultivated in Malesia.


Sexual debility, Guineaworm, Ringworm, Cancer.


Leea macrophylla can be used in Food. Leaves are cooked as vegetable and mature fruits are eaten raw.[1]

Parts Used

Leaves, Fruits.

Chemical Composition

The leaves contain an abundance of of phenolic constituents such as flavonoids, leucoanthocyanidins, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, syringic acid and gallic acid.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada NA
Hindi Hathikana
Malayalam NA
Tamil NA
Telugu NA
Marathi Gajakarni
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Samudrika
English Hathikana


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








Nutritional components

Leea macrophylla Contains the Following nutritional components like - Vitamin-C and E; Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc[1]





Kind Shape Feature



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Air layering, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Species in this genus generally succeed in full or partial sun, preferring a moist, fertile, well-drained soil[4]. Leea macrophylla is available through July to October[1].

Commonly seen growing in areas

Open vegetation, Dry forest.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Forest food for Northern region of Western Ghats" by Dr. Mandar N. Datar and Dr. Anuradha S. Upadhye, Page No.104, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune
  2. Chemistry
  3. [Morphology]
  4. Cultivation

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