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Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Hamelia
Botanical name: Hamelia patens
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit:
English: Firebush, Hummingbird Bush, Scarlet Bush, Redhead.
Hindi:
Malayalam: Pavizamulla
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Firebush has orangish-red tubular flowers, which recruit hummingbirds and butterflies for pollination. Thecorollas vary greatly in length, making them attractive to a wide range of pollinators. The fruit is a small dark red berry, turning black at maturity. Despite its somewhat scraggy appearance, this is a valuable garden tree in warmer climates and even intemperate ones, as long as the soil remains above freezing.
Also, the plants are used in folk medicine against a range of ailments. A number of active compounds have been found in Pavizamulla, including maruquine,isomaruquine, pteropodine, isopteropodine, palmirine, rumberine, seneciophylline and stigmast-4-ene-3,6-dione. The bark contains significant amounts of tannins. No scientific study of the medical usefulness of Hamelia patens has been conducted. This medicinal plant is also used for pooja purpose.
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