Friday, 18 March 2016

Woodfordia fruticosa (Linn.) Kurz. | Dhayti

Woodfordia fruticosa (Linn.) Kurz
Botanical name : Woodfordia fruticosa (Linn.) Kurz.

Common name : Dhayti

Family : Lythraceae

Distribution : Endemic to India

Description : A straggling leafy shrub; branches long, spreading. Leaves simple, opposite or subopposite, sessile, ovate-lanceolate, acute. Flowers tubular, bright red, numerous, in short 2-15 flowered cymes from the axils of former, less commonly of present leaves. Capsule 1 cm long.

Flowering & Fruiting : April – June
Medicinal uses : Flowers and leaves are stimulant and astringent; used in dysentery, diarrhoea, menorrhagia, leucorrhoea, ulcers, wounds and toothache. Dried flowers are useful in disorders of the mucous membranes, haemorrhoides and derangements of the liver. Leaves are useful in bilious sickness. The bark is uterine sedative and anthelmintic.
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