(Last Updated on : 16-06-2015)
Ehretia Laevis Roxb is an Indian medicinal plant
. It is a deciduous shrub
. It is considered as small tree
due to its 12 m height. Ehretia Laevis Roxb is common in deciduous and monsoonal forests
to an elevation of about 1000 m throughout most of peninsular regions and in the Andaman Islands of India.
Other Names of Ehretia Laevis Roxb
This medicinal plant
bears numerous common names. Such as in Bengali
it is known as Tamboli; in Gujarati
it is known as Charmol, Darar, Datrango, Koda, Vadhavardi, Vedhaya-Yato and in Hindi
this medicinal plant is famous as Chamror, Darar, Datranga and Koda. Similarly, in Kannada
this plant has the names like Adak, Bagari, and Kappura; in Malayalam
it is known as Chavandi; in Marathi
it is famous as Kupta, Datrang, Datrangi; in Oriya
it is popular as Guachipo, Mosonea and Tambalu; in Punjabi
it is known as Sakar; in Tamil
it is famous as Addi, Addula, Kalyirussu, Narivalli; in Telegu
this medicinal plant is popular as Paldatam, Peddapulmera, Pogadi, Pogadichellu and Pokachettu.
Characteristic Features of Ehretia Laevis Roxb
This medicinal plant has an irregular trunk with a light grey or whitish bark. Leaves are variable in size and shape. They vary from 2 cm to 6.3 cm in length and 1.3 cm to 3.8 cm in width. Flowers
of these plants are white in colour. The calyx of these flowers are 2.5 mm long, 3-lobed and the corolla are 6-8 mm long, in which 5 corolla are lobed. The tube and lobes of corolla are longer than the calyx. Fruits
of Ehretia laevis Roxb are also known as drupe. They are depressed and globose, generally 6 mm in diameter. They become orange-red on maturing.
Medicinal Benefits of Ehretia Laevis Roxb
Ehretia laevis Roxb is an important medicinal plant. Each and every portion of this plant is used for different medicinal purposes. In some parts of India, a decoction of the fresh root is used for the treatment of syphilis
, whereas a decoction of the stem bark is used for the treatment of diphtheria
in some other parts. The tender leaves of this medicinal plant are made into a paste, which is used externally to cure eczema
, and the dried powdered flowers taken with milk
are used as an aphrodisiac.