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Family: Melastomataceae
Genus : Clidemia
Botanical name: Clidemia hirta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit:
English: Hairy Clidemia, Koster's Curse, Soapbush, Soap Bush, Clidemia
Hindi:
Malayalam: Vankadali
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Vankadali grows 1–5 metres (3 ft 3 in–16 ft 5 in) tall, depending on habitat. The black berries are up to 8 millimetres (0.31 in) long and taste a bit like a deeply flavoured blueberry. Each fruit contains more than 100 tiny (0.5 mm) seeds. It flowers and fruits all year, if conditions are moist enough. A large plant can produce more than 500 fruits in a single year. The seeds are dispersed by birds, feral pigs, other animals, and humans. Sheep will not eat the plant, and the tannin inside the fruits is poisonous to goats. The seeds can remain viable in the soil for up to 4 years.
The root, of Vankadali is used for varicose vein.
Vankadali
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