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Limonia acidissima - Kapitha
Limonia acidissima is the only species within the monotypic genus Limonia. It is native to the Indomalaya ecozone to Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and in Indochinese ecoregion east to Java and the Malesia ecoregion.
- 1 Uses
- 2 Parts Used
- 3 Chemical Composition
- 4 Common names
- 5 Properties
- 6 Habit
- 7 Identification
- 8 List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
- 9 Where to get the saplings
- 10 Mode of Propagation
- 11 How to plant/cultivate
- 12 Commonly seen growing in areas
- 13 Photo Gallery
- 14 References
- 15 External Links
Limonia acidissima can be used in Food. Pulp of ripe fruits is eaten raw and used in preparation of soft drink and jam.
Fruit pulp contains large quantity of citric acid and other fruit acids, mucilage and minerals.
|English||Wood apple, Monkey fruit|
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
Limonia acidissima Contains the Following nutritional components like - Vitamin-C; Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium
|Pinnate||Alternate||Imparipinnate, alternate, 1-3 in a cluster, estipulate; rachis 60-80 mm long, stout, glabrous, often narrowly winged.|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Polygamous||1-3 cm across||Yellow||10-12||Dull red, 1.3 cm across, in axillary cymes; calyx small, flat, 5-toothed, pubescent with out, deciduous. Flowering season is November to March|
|Berry||5-7.6 cm across||Globose, whitish-brown, rind hard and woody; seeds many, embedded in pulp||Many||Fruiting season is November to March|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
The wood-apple is generally grown from seeds though seedlings will not bear fruit until at least 15 years old. Multiplication may also be by root cuttings, air-layers, or by budding. Limonia acidissima available through March to August.
Commonly seen growing in areas
- Karnataka Aushadhiya Sasyagalu By Dr.Maagadi R Gurudeva, Page no:263
- "Forest food for Northern region of Western Ghats" by Dr. Mandar N. Datar and Dr. Anuradha S. Upadhye, Page No.105, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune
- Chemical constituents
- Kappatagudda - A Repertoire of Medicianal Plants of Gadag by Yashpal Kshirasagar and Sonal Vrishni, Page No. 262
- Ayurvedic preparations
- Cultivation Details