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OCHNA JABOTAPITA

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Linn.

Synonym ► O. squarrosa Linn.

Family ► Ochnaceae.

Habitat ► Assam, Bihar, Orissa and Deccan Peninsula. Often cultivated in parks and gardens.

Siddha/Tamil ► Chilanti, Sherundi.

Folk ► Kanaka Champaa. (Bhuin- champaa, Bhuumi-champaka (Ochna pumila).

Action ► Bark—digestive tonic. Root—a decoction is used in asthma, tuberculosis and in menstrual disorders. Leaves— boiled and used as emollient cataplasm; used as a poultice in lumbago.

Isoflavones, along with beta-sitos- terol and oleanolic acid, have been isolated from the heartwood.

A related species, Ochna pumila Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don., found in outer Himalayas and sub-Himalayan tract from Kumaon to Assam, is reported to exhibit antitubercular activity. Tetrahydroamentoflavone has been isolated from the leaves. The plant is also used for epilepsy in folk medicine.

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