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Family: Asclepiadaceae (milkweed family)
Botanical name: Wattakaka volubilis Stapf. (Dregea volubiliz Benth)
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Madhumalati, Svarnalata, Swarnajeevanti, Sumangala, Hemapurna
English: Cotton milk plant
Hindi: Nakchikni
Malayalam: Vatakkakodi, Kodippala, Manja adapatiyan
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Vatakkakodi is a stout, smooth, hoary, or mealy, woody vine. The leaves are ovate, or somewhat rounded, 7.5-15 centimeters long, 5-10 centimeters wide, rather leathery, rounded or pointed at the base, and pointed at the tip. Flower cymes are axillary or interpetiolar, and umbellike. The flowers are green or yellowish green, about 1 cm across, fragrant. The follicles long, turgid, longitudinally ribbed, and velvety until mature. The seeds are elliptic, concave, smooth, shining, sharp-edged, and crowned with very fine, white, silky hairs. Flowering: April-September
The roots, leaves of the Vatakkakodi is used skin diseases, diabetes, cough, jaundice, poison bites and purifying blood.
Vatakkakodi
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