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Phyllanthus acidus - Lavalīphala

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Lavalīphala consists of dried fruit of Phyllanthus acidus. Phyllanthus acidus is a small or medium sized tree cultivated in gardens, and also grown as a roadside tree.


Asthma, Skin diseases, Itching, Fever, Urticaria, Bronchial catarrh, Eye-troubles, Constipation, Vomit[1]

Parts Used

Fruits, Flowers, Leaves.

Chemical Composition

Triterpenoids (β- amyrin, Phyllanthol) and Gallic acid.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Arenelli, Kirunelli
Hindi Harfaarevadi, Lavali
Tamil Arinelli
Telugu Raachayusarike
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Sugandhamūlā, Lavalī
English Star gooseberry, Country gooseberry


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



Kaṣāya, Amla, Madhura


Rūkṣa, Guru, Viśada






Pittahara, Kaphahara, Vātakara, Grāhi, Rakta Stambhana



Deciduous tree



Kind Shape Feature
Simple Alternate The leaves are ovate or lanceolate in form, with short petioles and pointed ends about 2 to 7.5 cm long. They are green and smooth on the upper-side and blue-green on the underside



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Pink The flowers are small and pinkish and appear in clusters in 5 to 12.5 cm long panicles at leafless parts of the main branches, at the upper part of the tree.


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Berry The fruits are numerous, oblate, with 6 to 8 ribs, and are densely clustered. They are pale yellow or white, waxy, crisp, juicy and very sour About 4 to 6 seeds are contained in a stone at the center of each fruit

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Greenwood cuttings, Budding, Air layering.

How to plant/cultivate

Gooseberry tree grows well in the tropics at low and medium altitudes in places with a short or prolonged dry season.[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Coastal forest, Dry limestone woodlands.

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  1. Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2 by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No. 211
  2. The Ayuredic Pharmacopoeia of India Part-1, Volume-5, Page no-14
  3. Morphology
  4. Cultivation detail

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