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Wrightia tinctoria - Svetakutaja

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Shwetha kutaja, Wrightia tinctoria

Wrightia tinctoria is a flowering plant species in the genus Wrightia found in India, southest Asia and Australia. It is found in dry and moist regions in its distribution. Various parts of the plant have medicinal properties.


Psoriasis, Cancer, Wound, Obesity, Diabetes, Pain, Pimples, Diarrhea, Sore throats


Svetakutaja can be used in Food. Leaves and fruits are cooked as vegetable.[1]

Parts Used

Leaves, Flowers.

Chemical Composition

Cycloartenone, Cycloeucalenol, Beta-Amyrin, Beta Sitosterol [2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Kodamurki
Hindi Dudhi, Karayaja
Malayalam Aiyappala, Kampippaala
Tamil Veppalai
Telugu Amkuda
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Stri Kutaja
English Pala Indigo, Sweet indrajao


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



Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)


Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry), Tikshna (Sharp)


Ushna (Hot)


Katu (Pungent)


Kapha, Vata


Nutritional components

Svetakutaja Contains the Following nutritional components like - Vitamin-A, B and C; Indigotin, Inderutain, Isatin, Lupeol, Rutin, Tryptanthrin, Urosolic acid, Wrightial; Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Sulphur, Zinc[1]


Deciduous tree



Kind Shape Feature
Simple Opposite Leaves are distichous, estipulate; petiole 2-5 mm long, stout, glabrous



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual 1.5 mm long White 5 Flowers Season is June - August and scented, in terminal cymes appearing along with new leaves


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
15-45 cm long Clearly grooved lengthwise, Lowest hooked hairs aligned towards crown With hooked hairs {{{6}}}

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

Wrightia tinctoria is a plant of arid, semi-arid and moist regions in the tropics, where it can be found at elevations up to 1,200 metres. It is found in areas where the mean annual rainfall is within the range 400 - 2,500mm, and the mean temperature range 17 - 25°c[5]. Svetakutaja is available through[1]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Dry soil region, Deciduous forests.

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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.152, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune
  2. Chemical contituents
  3. Plant description
  4. Ayurvedic preparations
  5. Cultivation Details

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