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Polyalthia longifolia

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Polyalthia longifolia is an evergreen tree growing up to 20 metres tall. The bole is straight. The tree is cultivated for its timber in southeast Asia. it is also often grown as an ornamental.The tree is held in high regard by Hindus, who often plant it near temples.

Uses

Cancer, Fever.[1]

Parts Used

Bark.

Chemical Composition

It contains 3 new clerodane-type diterpenes, 6alpha,16-dihydroxycleroda,13-dien-15-oic acid, 6alpha,16-dihydroxycleroda,13-dien-15-oic acid and 4alpha, 18beta-epoxy-16-hydroxyclerod-13-en-15-oic acid and four new protoberberine alkaloids etc.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Kambada mara, Kamadamara
Hindi Diodar
Malayalam Hemapushpam
Tamil Nettilingam
Telugu Asokamu
Marathi Devdar
Gujarathi
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Putrajiva, Devadaaru
English Indian must tree, False Ashok

.[3]

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

[4]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Flowering from April to May

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Fruiting from April to May

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seed

How to plant/cultivate

[5]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Dry country in forests in Sri Lanka.

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References

  1. Indian Medicinal Plants by C.P.Khare
  2. Chemistry
  3. Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2 by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No. 213
  4. [Morphology]
  5. [Cultivation]

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