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Katira is a small, rather crooked-branched, more or less deciduous tree growing about 7 metres tall. The plant is used locally for the its gum. Considered a sacred tree in its native range, it is often cultivated near temples where the flowers are used as temple offerings.
Cochlospermum religiosum can be used in Food. Gum which is known as Kathalya gum is used in some food preparations. Tender fruits are cooked as vegetable. Roasted seeds are eaten.
|Kannada||ಅರಿಸಿನ ಬೂರುಗ Arasina buruga|
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
Cochlospermum religiosum Contains the Following nutritional components like - Oligosaccharides including D-galactose, D-galactouronic acid; Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium.
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List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
Succeeds in a well-drained but moisture-retentive soil and a sunny position. Cochlospermum religiosum is available through February to May
Commonly seen growing in areas
- Indian Medicinal Plants by C.P.Khare
- "Forest food for Northern region of Western Ghats" by Dr. Mandar N. Datar and Dr. Anuradha S. Upadhye, Page No.59, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune
- Karnataka Aushadhiya Sasyagalu By Dr.Maagadi R Gurudeva, Page no:23