Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Kalanchoe
Botanical name: Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam.) Pres.
Sanskrit: Astibhaksha, Parnabeeja
English: Life Plant, Miracle Leaf
Hindi: Jakh me hayat
Malayalam: Ilamulachi, Ilayinmeltai.
Life Plant has become naturalized in temperate regions of Asia, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, Macaronesia, Mascarenes, Galapagos, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Hawaii. In many of these, such as Hawaii, it is regarded as an invasive species. It is also widely distributed in the Philippines and it is known as katakataka or kataka-taka which is also an adjective meaning astonishing or remarkable.
Much of the reason for the widespread naturalization of this plant can be traced to its popularity as a garden plant. The writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - who also was an amateur naturalist of some repute - was "passionately fond" of this plant and liked to give the baby plantlets as gifts to friends who visited his home. He also discussed his air plant at length in an essay titled Geschichte meiner botanischen Studien
In traditional medicine, Kalanchoe species have been used to treat ailments such as infections, rheumatism and inflammation. Kalanchoe pinnata has been recorded in Trinidad and Tobago as being used as a traditional treatment for hypertension and for the treatment of kidney stones in India where it goes by the name of Pather Chat or Paan-futti.
The leaves of Life Plant is used for pitta, vata, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia, wound, cuts, boils and blood vomiting due to viper bite.
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