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Malpighia emarginata - Acerola

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Malpighia emarginata

Malpighia emarginata is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub or small tree in the family Malpighiaceae. Acerola is native to South America, southern Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Central America.

Uses

Scurvy, Diabetes, Cancer prevention, Anti aging action, Metabolic disorders, Heart problems, Digestion[1]

Parts Used

Fruits.

Chemical Composition

Acerola provides a rich source of vitamin C, about 1000 to 4000 mg per 100 grams. The green, unripe fruits contain twice the amount of Vitamin C than the ripe fruits.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Sime Arenelli
Hindi
Malayalam
Tamil
Telugu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit
English Barbados Cherry


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

Herb

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Simple Ovate-lanceolate The leaves are divided into 3-6 toothed leaflets, with smaller leaflets in between

[3]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 2-4cm long Yellow 5-10 The flowers are sessile and borne on the short-peduncled cymes. Flowering season is May - November

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Simple 1 to 3 cm The drupes are in groups of three or pairs Many Fruiting season is May - November

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

Easily grown in a good soil and a sunny position[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Subtropical area, Meadows, Borders of forests and fields.

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References

  1. Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2 by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No. 457
  2. Phytochemistry
  3. Plant description
  4. Cultivation Details

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