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Family: Sterculiaceae (Cacao family)
Genus: sterculia
Botanical name: Sterculia urens
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit:
Hindi: Kulu
English: Karaya, Indian-tragacanth, Gum karaya, Indian gum tragacanth
Malayalam: Thonti, Paravakka,Thiiththonti
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Karaya is a medium-sized, deciduous tree to 15 m in height, usually with a clean, crooked, short bole up to 2 m DBH; branches large, spreading; bark thick, greyish-white or reddish, smooth, shining with a thin, white transparent outer coat, peeling off in papery flakes. Leaves on long petioles, crowded at the ends of branches, palmately 5-lobed, 20-30 cm diameter; tomentose beneath, glabrous above, entire, acuminate; stipules caducous. Flowers greenish yellow, small, in terminal panicles; follicles 4-6, ovoid-oblong, about 2.5 cm diameter, coriaceous, red, covered with stinging hairs. Infact, the specific name urens means stinging in reference to the hairs on flowers. Fruit consists of 5 sessile, radiating, ovate-lanceolate hard, coriaceous carpels, 7.5 cm long, red when ripe, covered outside with many stiff bristles. Trees exude gum karaya used in foodstuffs as emulsifiers, stabilizers and thickeners. Seeds are eaten after roasting. Seeds and young tender roots are eaten in times of famine.
The gum, leaf and bark of root of Karaya is used for wound and throat infection.
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