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Rhodomyrtus tomentosa - Rose myrtle

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Rose Myrtle , Rhodomyrtus tomentosa

Rhodomyrtus tomentosa is also known as rose myrtle. It is a flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae. It is native to southern and southeastern Asia, from India, east to southern China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines, and south to Malaysia and Sulawesi.


Diabetes, HIV, Skin damage, Kidney failure, Cancer, Respiratory problems, Burns, Sore throats

Parts Used

Leaves, Fruits.

Chemical Composition

The 80% ethanol extract from rose myrtle fruit with piceatannol exhibited protection of UVB‑induced cytotoxicity in NHEK; however, piceatannol‑4'‑O‑β‑D‑glucopyranoside exhibited no protection, as determined by a 3‑(4,5‑dimethylthiazol‑2‑yl)‑2,5‑diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada ತವುಟೆಗಿಡ Tavutegida
Hindi NA
Malayalam Cerukottilampalam
Tamil Malai-k-koyya
Telugu NA
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
English Ceylon hill gooseberry, Hill guava



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



Evergreen shrub



Kind Shape Feature
Simple Alternate Mature Foliage is Green, Silver



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 2-4cm long Yellow 5 Flowers Season is June - August


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Berry 7–10 mm Mature Fruit Texture is Velvety Single {{{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

Plants can succeed in tropical and subtropical climates at altitudes up to 2,440 metres.[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Often degraded sandy sites, River banks, Riparian zones, At wet forests, Bog margins

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