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Family: Celastraceae (Spike-thorn family)
Genus: Celastrus dependens
Botanical name: Celastrus paniculatus
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Jyotishmati, Tejovati, Bahuphala, Peetataila
Hindi: Malkangani, Malkunki
English: Black oil tree, Climbing staff plant, celastrus, Oriental bittersweet, Iintellect tree, Staff tree
Malayalam: Cherupunna, Kiliteenipanji, Valuzhavam
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Black oil tree, is a deciduous vine with stems up to 10 centimetres in diameter and 6 meters long with rough, pale brown exfoliating bark covered densely with small, elongated lenticles. The leaves are simple, broad, and oval, obviate or elliptic in shape, with toothed margins. Black oil tree,is a climbing shrub found throughout India.
The bark is used as brain tonic and leaf sap as antidot to opium poisoning. The seeds are used in abdominal disorders, leprosy, paralysis, asthma etc.
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