Sanskrit: Kandaki, Kunthaly, Kundali.
English: Bee sting bush, Fire-thorn
Malayalam: Ysanku, യശങ്ക് Yasank, Sankukuppi-ശങ്ങുകുപ്പി
It is commonly found in Evergreen to Dry Deciduous Forests; it is a bush that grows to 1- 2 meters tall, branched with spines that occur in leaf axils, dark green in color. Leaves are pale green tapered at the apex, oval to circular, oppositely arranged, each pair at right angles; leathery and hairy; margin entire; length up to 2 centimeters. The flowers are light green or pale yellow, small, commonly found in clusters in the axils; the fruits are berries, 1 cm in diameter, sharp at the tip; fleshy contain 1 to 2 seeds inside.
Useful plant parts:
The Needle Bush plant is used in the treatment of Kapha, Vata disorders, bronchitis, cough, diabetes, diarrhea, asthma, and arthritis.
Alkaloids, Flavanoids, and Sterol
Antimicrobial, Antibacterial activities, Antibiotics, Anti-inflammatory, analgesic.
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