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Habitat ► Native to tropical Africa. Grown as a avenue tree, in Coffee estates for shade.

English ► Syringe tree, Fountain tree, African Tulip tree.

Siddha/Tamil ► Patadi.

Folk ► Ruugatuuraa.

Action ► Bark—decoction given for dysentery, gastro-intestinal and renal ailments. Pulverized bark applied to skin diseases. Leaves— infusion administered for urethral inflammation.

The stem bark gave oleanolic and siaresinolic acids. The bark yields small quantities of tannin. Leaves gave caf- feic and chlorogenic acids, quercetin- 3-galactoside. Flowers gave malvidin and pelargonidin diglycoside.

An aqueous alcoholic extract of the leaves and the hexane and chloroform extracts of stem bark showed anti- malarial activity.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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