English: Coral Plant, Ornamental jatropha, Physic nut
Malayalam: Churakkalli, Karikolpatta, Nadan Karup
The coral plant is a fast-growing evergreen shrub or small tree, drought tolerant, with a single trunk, and a loose, spreading crown, and grows to the height of 2 meters. The leaves are distinctive 7 to 15-lobed, alternate, orbicular, dark green, with divided lobes, Finely divided leaves grow up to 12″ wide and are reminiscent of Cannabis sativa leaves. They are dark green above and lighter beneath. The flowers are Numerous and small, borne in clusters of red flowers on long stalks. The fruits are three-lobed, nut-like, yellow, and globose, Propagation through seeds or cuttings of stems.
Useful plant parts: Seeds, oil
Medicinal uses: To treat microbial infections, leishmaniasis and malarial infections, infections, inflammations, tumors, pain, fever etc.
Chemical content: Purgative oil, phytotoxin, curcumin, Ricinis
Medicinal Properties: Antileishmanial, antimalarial and antimicrobial
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