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Family: Menispermaceae (Moonseed family)
Botanical name: Cyclea peltata
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Bruhat Patha, akaisika, ambastha, ambasthaki
English: Buckler-leavedmoon-seed
Hindi: Raj Patha
Malayalam: Pada-kelengu, Padathaali
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Padathaali is a slender twining shrub, frequently climbing up on tall trees. Leaves are alternate, heart shaped, 2.5-10 cm long, 2.5-3.75 cm broad, stipule 5-10 cm long and nerves 7-11. The flowers are unisexual, pale yellow, in panicles occurring in leaf axils. The fruits are ovoid drupes, brown or scarlet in color. The seeds are covered. The roots are tuberous, cylindrical, irregularly curved, with grayish brown surface. The plant blooms in the rainy season.
The root of the Padathaali is used in the preparation of medicated ghee and decoction for viper bite.
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