Monkey Jack

The scientific name of Monkey Jack: Artocarpus lacucha Buch.-Ham.

Synonyms: Artocarpus lakoocha, Artocarpus ficifolius

Family: Moraceae -Mulberry family.

Name of different languages:

English: Lakoocha

Sanskrit: ऐरावत Airawata, Amlaka, Dahu, Dridhavalkala, Granthimatphala

Hindi: लकुच Lakuch, लकूच Lakooch, लकूची Lakoochi

Tamil: ilagusam, irappala, solaippakku, tinippalavu

Malayalam: Arampuli-ആരംപുളി ,  lakucham, pulinjakka-പുളിഞ്ചക്ക

Useful plant parts:

Bark, Fruits

Plant description:

Monkey Jack is a deciduous tree, heigh to 10-15 m tall. Branchlets are 3 to 6 mm thick, densely covered with stiff yellow velvety hairs. Stipules are ovate-lance-shaped, 4 to 5 cm long. The leaves are Elliptic, 25 to 30 cm long and 15 to 20 cm wide, on 2to 3 cm long stalks, covered with yellow bristles, arranged pinnately lobed, base wedge-shaped, apex blunt, margin entire or with small toothed. Flowers are yellowish, tiny. The fruits are almost round or irregular shaped, up to 5 inches broad, hairy, dull-yellow in colour, with sweet-sour pulp. Flowering is April to June.

Medicinal uses:

To treat Anorexia, fever, constipation, obesity, digestive problems,skin disorders, wounds, liver disorders

Chemical content:

Tannin, lupol , flavanoid, Amyrin, beta sito sterol

Medicinal properties:

Antioxidant, Antibacterial, Digestive, purgative, Aphrodisiac

How to prepare medicines:

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