Acampe orchid

The Scientific name of Acampe orchid: Acampe praemorsa

Name of Acampe orchid in different languages:-

English: Banded Button Orchid, Brittle orchid

Sanskrit: Gandhanakuli, Rasna

Malayalam: Thaalimaravaazha-താലി മരവാഴ

Tamil: உப்புத்தாளி -Upputhali

Plant description:

Acampe orchid is stout and grows 2 and 0 to 50 cm high, it is a type of wild orchid found throughout Kerala, in moist deciduous forests,  plains, and Western ghat areas, it grows as a parasite on trees, rocks, use, etc,  like any other orchids, a monocot, the stems are woody, up to 50 cm long. The leaves are pale green, fleshy, up to 20 cm. long, oppositely arranged, flowers found in the leaf axils, commonly found in clusters of pale yellowish, fleshy, 2 cm across and sweetly scented, flowering and fruiting period is March to April.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Elongated Margin-Entire Venation-parallel

Useful plant parts:


Medicinal uses:

Used as an anti-typhoid, treatment of rheumatism.

Ayurvedic uses of Acampe praemorsa-Acampe orchid

  1. Dental Health: The stems of Acampe praemorsa are used traditionally as natural toothbrushes. They are chewed to clean teeth and gums. This practice is believed to help maintain oral hygiene and prevent dental issues.
  2. Gum Disorders: Acampe praemorsa is used in Ayurvedic medicine to address gum problems. It is believed to have antimicrobial properties that may help in maintaining healthy gums.
  3. Respiratory Conditions: Some traditional uses suggest that Acampe praemorsa may be used to address respiratory issues like coughs and bronchitis.
  4. Digestive Disorders: It is believed to have digestive properties and may be used to alleviate digestive disorders such as indigestion and flatulence.
  5. Wound Healing: The plant is believed to have wound-healing properties. It may be applied topically to promote the healing of cuts and wounds.
  6. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Acampe praemorsa is thought to possess anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial for reducing inflammation in various parts of the body.
  7. Antimicrobial Properties: It is believed to have antimicrobial properties that may help in combating bacterial and fungal infections.
  8. Skin Disorders: Some traditional uses suggest that Acampe praemorsa may be used topically to treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and rashes.
  9. Menstrual Disorders: In certain traditional formulations, Acampe praemorsa may be used to regulate menstrual cycles and manage menstrual disorders.
  10. Fever Management: It may be used to help reduce fever, although its effectiveness for this purpose is not scientifically established.
  11. Liver Health: Some practitioners believe that Acampe praemorsa may have hepatoprotective properties, which means it may help protect and support the liver.
  12. Diuretic Properties: It is believed to have diuretic properties, which may help increase urine production and promote kidney function.

How to used as medicine:

A paste of leaves can be applied to cure fractures

One of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicine:-


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