Thursday, June 28, 2012


Stonebreaker (Phyllanthus niruri)  Family: Phyllanthaceae (Amla family)

Stonebreaker has a long history in traditional herbal medicine in every tropical country it is found in. For hundreds of years P. niruri has been used as an herbal remedy to kidney stones, viral infections, liver disorders, bacterial infections, and many other ailments. In more recent years, however, P. niruri has been shown in modern medicine to cure or treat multiple disorders. Ref:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Water Hyssop (Bacopa monnieri) is a perennial creeping herb, mostly found wetlands, river bank and muddy shores.

Bacopa monnieri is a Dietary Supplement used as an herb for memory support and function.
Bacopa monnieri herb has been revered for centuries in the Ayurvedic herbal tradition of India. Over the past few years it has become more popular in the United States and its range of use is expanding. Ref:

கரு இந்து

 Indian Redwing  (Pterolobium hexapetalum) Family : Caesalpiniaceae.  A thorny straggling shrub and it is a major bee-forage plant. Flowering: May-June.

 Reddish winged pod

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


 Teak (Tectona grandis) Family: Verbenaceae. Deciduous tree and it is considered a good quality wood for furniture. Native to India and Burma to Java.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Snakeweed (Euphorbia hirta)  is often used traditionally for female disorders, respiratory ailments (cough, coryza, bronchitis, and asthma), worm infestations in children, dysentery, jaundice, pimples, gonorrhea, digestive problems, and tumors.Research Article by the follwong experts.
Sunil Kumar, Rashmi Malhotra, Dinesh Kumar
Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra-136 119, Haryana, India;year=2010;volume=4;issue=7;spage=58;epage=61;aulast=Kumar


 Frog Fruit (Phyla nodiflora) Family:Verbenaceae. Native to South America, Naturalized in all tropical countries.Leaves are used in Hair oil preparation.

 Plant decoction is given in uraema. Fresh juice is applied to bleeding gums. Infusion of leaves and tender stalk is given to children in indigestion and to women after delivary. Ref: 

Monday, June 18, 2012

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 Lemon Grass  (Cymbopogon citratus)    Poaceae (Grass family)
Lemon Grass is a fragrant herb which is widely used in teas, herbal medicines, soups etc.,


Unisexual (Flower of only one sex). Photographed at NBNP Garden, Male Flower (May, 2012).

Wild Jack Fruit tree (Artocarpus hirsutus)  Family: Moraceae. Endemic to the Western Ghats


Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)  is a perennial grass native to India.

Vetiver grass widely used for soil conservation, to prevent further soil erosion. even though native to India, not widely used nor many people aware the fact that it can grow in almost all climatic condition. (River bank area, Along the road side parapet wall etc.,),  

Flowering was noticed after 1 and half year old plant at NBNP Garden.


White Catamaran Tree  (Givotia moluccana) Family: Euphorbiaceae

which justifies its use in folk medicine. Pl. refer the research paper by the following authors:
Preliminary Phytochemical Investigation of Givotia Moluccana Stem
V.Baskar ananda raj*, V.Murugamani, P.Mounika, B.Madhuri
Department of Pharmacognosy, Jagan’s College of Pharmacy, Jangala kandriga, Muthukur,
Nellore , Andhra Pradesh, India.
Givotia moluccana stem may be considered a rich source of natural antioxidants, antimicrobial

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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 Satin Wood  (Chloroxylon swietenia) Family:  Rutaceae.

A medium sized densely foliaceous deciduous tree. Wood is generally used for cutting Mutton.

Monday, June 11, 2012


Cassine glauca Family: Celastraceae. Flowering from March to May.

 An evergreen tree, very common in foothills to 1200 m. India and Sri Lanka.

Torch Ginger

Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior),
Family : Zingiberaceae.

 Native to Indonesia. The plant is now grown in many tropical locations both for the extravagant ‘flowers’ and for food.

Its a torch ginger called Etlinger elatior a good herbal medicine for liver protection has been reported.
Thanks to EFI members for confirming the species id as well as its uses.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Oleander the flowers grow in cluster at the end of each branch (white, pink and yellow colors are avialable)

Oleander  (Nerium oleander)   


திருக்கடைமுடி (தற்போதைய பெயர் கீழையூர்)திருத்தலத்தின் தலமரமாக விளங்குவது கிளுவை மரமாகும்.

Commiphora Caudata manily grown as hedge plant  its gum/resin has got medicinal value.   .

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Caralluma umbellata (Asclepiadaceae), is the thick, erect, leafless, branching, succulent perennial herb. Location: Devanurpudur, Udumalpet.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


 Ficus gibbosa   var. parasitica

Commonly seen in dry and semi evergreen forest.

Birds and mammals play a vital role in dispersing the seeds from forest to village vise verse.


Asian Bushbeech   (Gmelina asiatica) Family: Verbenaceae .
Large straggling deciduous shrub.

Flower (May, 2012)

Fruit (May 2012) Location: Devanurpudur Udumalpet Taluk.