English: Bombay Mace, False Nutmeg
Hindi: Van Jati phal
Malayalam: Kattupathri-Chithirappovu – ചിത്തിരപ്പൂവ്, Kattujathy – കാട്ടുജാതി, Pantha painപന്തപ്പയിൻ.
Bitter nutmeg is found in the Western Ghats and evergreen forest area, with a range of 1500m altitude, it is growing up to 20 m tall, with stilt roots. The bark is brownish, warty, flaky, and thick foliage, The Leaf stalk is 1.5-4 cm long and the leaves are 12-25 x 4-12 cm, the tree is like a nutmeg tree in nature, with seeds covered with a covered with orange-red deeply laciniate and covering aril, which is the useful part of the plant, Ayurveda treatments and also used to make dyes.
Bitter nutmeg, known as “Tikshna Jatiphala” in Ayurveda, is used for its various medicinal properties:
Always consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional before using bitter nutmeg or any other herb for medicinal purposes, as improper use can have adverse effects. They can guide safe and appropriate usage based on individual health conditions.
Useful plant parts: Nut, Aril
Other uses: The aril of bitter nutmeg can be used as a food coloring agent (Yellow color like turmeric), and instead of Nutmeg it can be used as medicine
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