Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Semecarpus anacardium L. F.

English Name : Marking nut, Oriental cashew nut

Family : Anacardiaceae

Origin : India

A medium sized deciduous tree up to 15 m tall. Leaves large, simple 17 to 60 cm long and 10 to 30 cm wide, obovate to oblong. Flowers small, dull greenish yellow, dioecious, in terminal hairy panicle. Fruits drupe 2.5 cm long, obliquely ovoid, black when ripe, orange-coloured, receptacle (hypocarp).

Occurring throughout the hotter parts of India.

Parts Used : Fruit, seed and nuts

Herb Effects
Digestible, aphrodisiac, anthelmintic

Medicinal Use
To treat skin diseases, vitiligo, piles, guineaworm, splenomegaly, scrofula, rheumatism, as depilatory, for regaining normal colour, as rejuvinative, as aphrodisiac, alopecia, worms, poisoning, malarial fever.


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