Scientific name of Decalepis: Decalepis arayalpathra

Name of Decalepis in different languages:-

English: Decalepis

Sanscrit: Gandapala

Malayalam: Amruthapala-അമൃതപ്പാല

Plant description of Decalepis:

Decalepis or Amruthapala is a Western Ghats plant, at an altitude of 800-1200 m, woody shrub with leaves reddish-brown in color, resembling ficus and leaf with measurement of 4cm -6cm and 2cm to 3.5 cm width, flowers are strongly smelling, so it is called Ganda pala, flowering is February to September, root of the plant tuberous and aromatic.   

In traditional medicine, Decalepis hamiltonii has been used to treat a variety of ailments including fatigue, stress, and as a general tonic. However, it’s important to note that while there may be some traditional uses and anecdotal evidence, scientific research on the efficacy and safety of Decalepis hamiltonii is still ongoing, and it’s always recommended to consult a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedies.

Keep in mind that there may be other species within the Decalepis genus, but Decalepis hamiltonii is one of the most well-known and studied species in this genus.

Useful plant parts: Whole plant.

Medicinal uses: To treat peptic ulcer, and cancer.

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