(Last Updated on : 19/05/2015)
Aila is a prickly climbing shrub or small tree. This plant is found in dry and moist deciduous forest zones throughout India to an altitude of 1200 metre in the Himalayas
. The Aila plant belongs to the "Mimosaceae"
or Touch-me-not family.
Characteristic Features of Aila Plant
Aila also known as "Twisted Acacia" is a large climbing shrub, 5-6 m tall. Leaves are bipinnate and leaflets are close enough to touch each other. The flowers are yellowish-white to white in colour. Fruits are sometimes slightly wavy, glabrescent or hairless and contain 5-7 seeds. In Karnataka
, flowers come out from March to August and fruits from August to March.
Different Names of Aila
Aila is commonly known as "Twisted Acacia"
. It is also known as "Dentari"
, "Tella Korinda"
, "Kad Siege"
. The botanical name of this plant is "Acacia Torta"
Medicinal Uses of Aila
Aila is reportedly used in Ayurveda
for treatment of menstrual disorders
. Various plant parts are reportedly used to treat tubercular fistula
. The bark is used for washing hair. To reduce the stomach pain leaves are cooked with onion and taken along with the food. The bark pf the plant is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It is also used to cure skin related diseases.
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