(Last Updated on : 21-01-2014)
Cordia macleodii is considered as an important medicinal plant of India
. It is widely distributed in the moist and dry deciduous forests up to 1200 metres in peninsular India, mostly from Chota Nagpur
to Tamil Nadu
. The major common names of this medicinal plant are Dahipalas
in Marathi; Baurlo
in Tamil; and Botuku
Morphology of Cordia macleodii
plant is a medium-sized, evergreen tree. Generally these plants are 12 metres tall with smooth whitish or grayish barks. Leaves are alternate and generally, 5-20 centimetres long. The flowers of these medicinal plants are white in colour and are polygamous. Fruits of these plants are generally known as drupes. The size of fruits varies from 1.3 centimetres to 2 centimetres. These are long, ovoid, acute and inedible.
Medicinal Uses of Cordia macleodii
This plant is useful for its medicinal properties. In several communities the bark is used for the treatment of jaundice. The plant extract also possesses wound healing, hepato-protective and aphrodisiac properties. The leaves of the plant are also known to have radical scavenging activity.
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