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Tabernaemontana divaricata - Nandyavarta

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Crape jasmine

Tabernaemontana divaricata is a plant is placed in front of the home is the sign of wealth. Five petals having Nandyavarta is having special medicinal features. It is also used for worshiping god.


Wounds, Cuts, Snakebites, Liver disorders, Skin eruptions, Blotches, Pimples, Diarrhea, Sore throats

Parts Used

Dried folaige, Whole herb.

Chemical Composition

Voafinidine (C20H28N2O2) and voalenine in minor amounts and a new 2-acylindole alkaloid, ervaticine. Coronaridine, voacristine, tabernaemontanine, dregamine; α-amyrin, lupeol, β-sitosterol, voacangine and voaphylline have also been isolated from leaves[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Nandi battalu
Hindi Chandni
Tamil Nandiar vattai
Marathi NA
Gujarathi Sagar
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Nandyaavarta
English Crape jasmine



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 Opposite The leaves are oval, 8 to 15 cm (3 to 6 in) long, dark glossy green, prominently veined and have a leathery texture



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 4 cm Yellow 5 The flowers are trumpet-shaped, about 4 cm (1.6 in ) across, with five waxy white petals in a pin-wheel arrangement.


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
General 7 cm The fruit are rare but when produced are curved, ribbed Six {{{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

A plant of tropical and subtropical areas, growing at low to medium elevations. Succeeds in full sun to partial shade Prefers a fertile, moist but well-drained soil[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Mountain areas, Sparse forest areas.

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