Thathiripoovu (Woodfordia Fruticosa) – Fire-flame Bush
Thathiripoovu (Woodfordia Fruticosa) Fire-flame Bush (താതിരിപ്പൂവ്).
Woodfordia fruticosa L.. belonging to family Lythraceae is an ecologically as well as economically important shrub species of tropical dry mixed forests Woodfordia fruticosa L. is endemic to India. It is used as ingredient in many products for its medicinal values. At the same time, it is also used as a fermenting agent in Asava and Arishta (such as Dashamoolarishta) .
Ayurvedic Medicinal Plant – Woodfordia Fruticosa – Fire-flame Bush- Thathiripoovu – branched, beautiful shrub
A much-branched, beautiful shrub, with fluted stems and long, spreading branches commonly occurring throughout North India and sometimes cultivated in gardens for its flowers. A much-branched, beautiful shrub, with fluted stems and long, spreading branches commonly occurring throughout North India and sometimes cultivated in gardens for its flowers.When in flower the bush appears twiggy and formless but entirely swathed in red . This is because the small flowers grow singly or in groups all the way along the branches and side twigs, and it is at this time that the leaves fall. Each flower, borne on a tiny stem, is a slender tube, slightly curved, the greenish base of which is the sepal.Swelling slightly, the tube divides into narrow, pointed lobes and from within emerges a bunch of long stamens.
Bark reddish brown, peeling off in thin, fibrous strips;leaves lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate;flowers numerous, brilliant red in dense axillary paniculate- cymose clusters; capsules ellipsoid, membranous; seeds brown, minute, smooth obovate
Fire-flame Bush Thathiripoovu (Woodfordia Fruticosa)
Woodfordia is accepted source of ayurvedic drugs throughout India. The flowers are acrid, astringent,styptic, depurative, uterine sedative, constipating,antibacterial, corrective of urinary pigments, febrifuge and alexiteric. They are useful in the conditions of kapha and pitta, leprosy, burning sensation, skin diseases, diarrhoea,dysentery, fever, headache, hemorrhoids, herpes, internal hemorrhage, leukorrhea, liver disorders, menorrhagia,ulcers, wounds. Juice of leaves are used in bilious sickness.
They are also valued as a stimulant in pregnancy.
Dried flower powder is used in ulcers and wounds to reduce the discharge and promote granulation. The juice of its fresh flowers applied on the forehead, reduces the headache
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