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CANTHIUM PARVIFLORUM

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Synonym ► Plectronia parviflora (Lam.) Bedd.

Family ► Rubiaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout the Deccan Peninsula, from Gujarat and Maharashtra southwards, and in Bihar and Orissa.

English ► Wild Jasmine.

Folk ► Kaari.

Siddha/Tamil ► Karai, Kadan Karai, Nalla Karai, Kudiram.

Action ► Leaves and fruits— astringent, antispasmodic; used against cough. A decoction of the root and leaves is given in flu. Bark—antidysenteric.

The plant contains mannitol (0.5%) and alkaloids. Canthium umbellatum Wight is also known as Kaari.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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