Myristica malabarica

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Myristica malabarica
Myristica malabarica.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Myristicaceae
Genus: Myristica
Species: M. malabarica
Binomial name
Myristica malabarica

Myristica malabarica is a species of plant in the Myristicaceae family. It is endemic to India. It is threatened by habitat loss. It is counted in the list of vulnerable species. It is up to 25 m long and its bark is greenish black, smooth and sometimes reddish.

Names in local language: Kattujathi (literally wild nutmeg), Kattujathikka, Kottappannu, Panampalka, Pathiripoovu, Ponnampannu, Ponnampayin, and Ponnampu in Malayalam; Kanage, and Doddajajikai in Kannada; Rampatri in Hindi.

It is used in Ayurvedic medicine. It also has been shown to have anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Myristica magnifica and M. malabarica are endangered trees that are native to Western Ghats. The swamp lands and lowlands where they normally grow have been drained for agricultural use.


External links[edit]

- for more information