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Family: Loganiaceae
Botanical Name: Strychnos psilosperma
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Karaskaram, Vishatindukam, Vishadruma, Kalakutaka
English: strychnine tree, Snake-wood
Hindi: Kuchala
Malayalam: Valli Kanjiram
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Valli Kanjiram occurs as far south as the Clarence River, New South Wales to Cape York at the northern most tip of Australia.
The bark is grey, with glossy pointed leaves creating a thick canopy. Small white, scented flowers occur in the warmer months. Fruit are orange to red berries, ripening to black. All parts of this plant are toxic. It maybe grown in full sun with good drainage.
The habitat is dry rainforest, semi-evergreen deciduous vine forest, or mixed eucalyptus forest. A common associate tree is the Hoop Pine.
This is an important component to prepare one of the powerful medicines in Toxicology. It is used for the cure of the headache caused due to snakebite. It is also applied on the area of the snake bite.
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