Valaka

APORUSA LINDLEYANA

Family – Eyphorbiaceae

Synonyms – Scepa lindleyana W.T

Vernacular names

K – Challe Mara, Sarali Sylla

Tan – Kodali, Vettil, Vetti

M – Kodali, Vetti

Tulu – Saral

San – Valaka

Morphology

Habit – Trees up to 15m hall

Bark – Smooth, shallowly fissured brownish, blaze pink

Branches – Branch lets, terate, glabrous

Leaves – Simple, alternate, spiral, stipules oblong lanceolate, acute

Inflorescena – Flowers unisexual, dioecious

Flower – Male flower – axillary, cat kings

Female flowers – condensed cymes

Fruit & Seed – capsule smooth, globose 2-4 seeded

Ecology – usually in open evergreen to semi evergreen forests up to 950m

Properties

The bark of the plant was shade dried and powdered. The powdered bark was extracted with solvents of increasing polarities.

Official park

Bark

Medicinal uses

The plant is used as traditional medicine for healing skin diseases.

Therapeutic uses

In this plant is used for the diseases like jaundice, fever, leprosy, seminal loss and insanity.

 

Orgin of plant names

Aporusa (Eyphorbiacae) apo away from “oros” – mountain

Aporusa lindleyana – after John Lindley

(1799 – 1865) – British botanist

 

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