Monkey’s bridge

Scientific name of Monkey’s bridge: Sarcostigma kleinii Wight & Arn.

Synonyms: Sarcostigma horsfieldii, Sarcostigma wallichii

Name of Monkey’s Bridge in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Ingudi

Hindi: Ingudi

Tamil: Kuranguvally

Malayalam: വെള്ളോടൽ-Vellodal, ഓടൽ- Odal, വട്ടോടൽ-Vattodal, എരുമത്താലി-Erumathali.

Plant description:

It is a woody vine found in the western ghat area, grow with branchlets, the leaves are 17 to 22 cm long and 8-12 cm broad, lance-shaped, apex tapering, base rounded; lateral nerves are 8 pairs, net veined, stalks 5 to 12 cm long. Flowers are borne in spikes up to 35 cm long, slender, in leaf axils or from tubercles. Flowers are 3-6 together, yellow; calyx cup-shaped, 2 mm across, toothed; petals are long up to 5 mm long, oblong, re-curved.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Lancelot Margin-Entire Venation-reticulated
 longitudinal  Margin_Entire  Recticulate

Useful plant parts:

Seed, oil

Medicinal uses:

To treat rheumatism, leprosy, hysterics, worm infestation, arthritis, skin disorders, hysteria, anorexia, head ache and ulcers.

Chemical contents:

Gamma-aminobutyric acid, Serotonin

Medicinal properties:

Alkaloids, flavonoids, Anxiolytic activity.


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