Stone flower

The scientific name of Stone Flower: Parmelia perlata

Name of Stone flower in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Shaileyam, Shilapushpa, Shilapushp

Hindi: Chadeela, Pathar ka phool

English: Stone flower, Litho lichen

Malayalam: Kalpoov കല്പൂവ് Kalppayal കൽപ്പായൽ, Cheleyam

Tamil: Kal malar-கல் மலர்

Useful plant parts: whole plant

Plant description of Stone flower:

It is belongs to the algae family, it has a dark lower side with rootlets that connect the lichen to its substrate, and the upper side found in several colors – grey, yellow, and brown and has reproductive organs on it. These may be spore-producing bodies, both vegetative structures. In between these two layers is the medulla which contains the algal component of the lichen.

Stone Flower, also known as Parmotrema perlatum or Kalpasi, is a type of lichen commonly used in Indian cuisine, particularly in South Indian dishes. It imparts a unique earthy flavor and is often employed in spice blends like garam masala. Beyond culinary uses, Stone Flower has been utilized in traditional medicine for its potential health benefits, including digestive and antimicrobial properties. However, it’s important to note that scientific research on its medicinal properties is limited, so consult a healthcare professional for specific health concerns.

Medicinal uses: To treat vitiated Kapha, Pitta, wounds, skin diseases, diarrhea, dysentery, renal calculi, cough, fever infections, and inflammation.

Chemical contents: lecanoric acid, Atranorin (Alkaloid)

The stone flower is used as an ingredient to prepare Ayurvedic medicines like:

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