Microcos paniculata

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Microcos paniculata
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Microcos
M. paniculata
Binomial name
Microcos paniculata
  • Microcos nervosa (Lour.) S.Y. Hu [1]

Microcos paniculata (simplified Chinese: 布渣叶; traditional Chinese: 布渣葉)[2] is a flowering shrub native to China and south-east Asia.[3] It is sometimes added to Chinese herbal tea,[4] having a mildly sour taste. In traditional Chinese medicine the plant is believed to help the digestive system, and it is also used for other health problems including colds, hepatitis, diarrhea, heat stroke, and dyspepsia.[2] None of these alleged claims have shown to be effective in clinical trials. The herb may have a placebo effect.

Common Names[5][6][edit]

  • Hindi - Shiral (शिरल)
  • Marathi - Shirali
  • Tamil - Visalam
  • Malayalam - Kottakka
  • Kannada - Biliyabhhrangu
  • Bengali - Asar
  • Sinhala - Keliya (කෑලිය) /Kohu-kirilla (කොහු-කිරිල්ල)


  1. ^ "Microcos paniculata L. — the Plant List".
  2. ^ a b http://alternativehealing.org/bu_zha_ye.htm
  3. ^ http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=600&taxon_id=200013612
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120502120127/http://www.herbalcoolingtea.com/what-is-wang-lao-ji-made-from-part-3-of-7-microcos-paniculata/. Archived from the original on May 2, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Microcos paniculata - Shiral".
  6. ^ "Ayurvedic Plants of Sri Lanka: Plants Details".