Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Acacia leucophloea


Botanical name : Acacia leucophloea (Roxb.) Willd.
Family : Mimosaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Arimeda

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta, Katu
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : White babool, Distiller’s acacia
Hindi : Safed babool
Malayalam : Velvelam, Velvelakam

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in planes.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A moderate sized tree grows up to 30 meters in height. Leaves bipinnate, 5-15 pairs of pinnate, leaflets small oblong and obtuse; flowers in large terminal tomentose panicles, in head inflorescence; fruits thin, flat, curved pods, containing 10-20 seed per pod.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, cough, inflammation, wounds, skin diseases, leukoderma, diarrhea, hemorrhages, dental caries, stomatitis and fever.
Useful part : Bark.

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