Botanical name: Phyllanthus emblica Linn / Emblica officinalis Gaerten.
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Amalaki, Dhatri, Vayastha, Amritaphala
English: Indian gooseberry
Malayalam: Nelli, Nellikka
The tree is small to medium in size, reaching 8 to 18 m in height, with a crooked trunk and spreading branches. The branchlets are glabrous or finely pubescent, 10–20 cm long, usually deciduous; the leaves are simple, subsessile and closely set along branchlets, light green, resembling pinnate leaves. The flowers are greenish-yellow. The fruit is nearly spherical, light greenish yellow, quite smooth and hard on appearance, with six vertical stripes or furrows.
The seeds of the Indian Gooseberry plant is dried and powered for making pills named Jeevarakshagulika .These pills are very important for making ayurvedic antivenom.