Fox grapes

The scientific name of Fox-grapes: Cayratia carnosa

Name of Fox-grapes in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Gandirah. Atyamlaparn

Hindi: Amalbel, Ramcana, Gidardrak

English: Bush Grape, Three-leaved wild vine

Malayalam: Amarcakkoti-അമർച്ചകൊടി Vatakkoti-വതകൊടി, Corivalli, kattuperanta

Plant description:

Fox-grape is a vine climbs with tendrils, commonly found in wasteland areas, forest opening areas, abandoned places etc, The leaves are tri-foliolate with petioles 2-3 cm long. The leaflets are oblong-ovate, 2 to 8 cm long, 1.5 to 5 cm wide, pointed at the apex, and toothed margins. The flowers are small greenish white and borne clusters on solitary cymes in the leaf axils. The fruits are berries fleshy, juicy, greenish black, and about 1 cm in diameter, it become pale reddish white when ripe.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-oblong-ovate Margin-Toothed Venation-pinnate
 tapered  Margin_Serrated--Forward-teething  Venation-pinnate


Useful plant parts:

Whole plant

Chemical content: 

Anticancer activity, antidiabetic, antibacterial,  antioxidants, and anti-ulcerogenic, root can be used as an antidote against the snake-bite poison.

Medicinal uses:

To treat Vata and Kapha disorders, tumours, fever, neuralgia, and splenopathy, and gives for hepatopathy, cardiac disorders, ulcers, and wounds. It purifies the blood. The root of the plant ground with black pepper can be applied to boils.

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