Red physic nut

Scientific name of Red physic nut: Baliospermum montanum (Wild.)

Name of Red physic nut in different languages:-

English: wild castor, wild croton,  wild sultan seed

Sanskrit: हस्तिदंती Hastidanti, दन्तिका dantika, एरण्डपत्रिका erandhapatrika, एरण्डफला erandhaphala

Hindi: दन्ती danti

Malayalam: Nagadandi നാഗദന്തി, Dandi ദന്തി

Tamil: Peyamanakku-பேயாமணக்கு

Plant description:

Red physic nut (Baliospermum montanum) is a stout under a shrub, that grows to 0.9 to 1.8 m tall, leaves are simple, toothed, and somewhat palmate, with 3 to 5 lobed, and flowers are numerous, arranged in axillary racemes. Fruits are obovoid, capsules containing ellipsoid, smooth seeds.

Leaf Arrangement


Shape-lanceolate Margin-Toothed Venation-Reticulated
 ovate  Margin_Serrated--Forward-teething  Recticulate


Useful plant parts:

Root, leaf, seed

Medicinal uses:

To treat fever, jaundice, constipation, piles, anemia, conjunctivitis, abdominal pain, constipation, calculus, general anasarca, piles, helminthic infestation, scabies and skin disorders, and asthma.

Chemical content:

Montanum is anti-leukemic and cytotoxic.

How to prepare medicines:

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

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