Indian Tulip Tree

The Scientific name of the Indian tulip tree: Thespesia populnea

Name of Indian tulip tree  in different languages:

English: Portia Tree, Milo tree, Tulip tree

Sanskrit: Phalish, Kapichudha, Kapitana, Pushpashvattha, Nandi vriksha

Malayalam: Poovarasu പൂവരശ്ശ്.

Plant description:

It is a medium tree, evergreen bushy tree, that grows up to 35 ft tall, the leaves are heart-shaped, tapered at the apex, and length up to 5 cm, and resembles the leaves of a Banyan tree, the flowers are cup-shaped, yellow and a maroon eye at center, that changes to purple when age. The fruits are apple-shaped.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-heart shaped Margin-Entire Venation-parallel
 heartshaped  Margin_Entire  parallel2


Useful plant parts:

Bark, leaf, seed, flower

Medicinal uses:

To increase blood counts, dysentery and hemorrhoids, skin diseases, blood pressure.

Chemical content:

How to prepare medicines: 4-5 leaves of Portia tree boil in 1 liters of water and use daily to drink can increase counts after the chemotherapy of Cancer patients.

It is  one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-


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