Wrightia antidysenterica

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Wrightia antidysenterica
Wrightia antidysenterica photographed by Trisorn Triboon.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Wrightia
W. antidysenterica
Binomial name
Wrightia antidysenterica

Wrightia antidysenterica, the coral swirl or tellicherry bark, is a flowering plant in the genus Wrightia. Wrightia antidysenterica is sometimes confused with the species Holarrhena pubescens due to a second, taxonomically invalid publication of the name Holarrhena pubescens. It has long been known in Indian Ayurvedic tradition. It is known in Sanskrit as kuṭaja or ambikā[1] and in Sinhala it is called වල් ඉද්ද (wal idda). It is also known as "white angel" in the Philippines and in Thailand it is called "พุดพิชญา" (pudpitchaya).

Medicinal use[edit]

Wrightia antidysenterica may be useful in treating gut motility disorders.[2]


The juice of this plant is a potent ingredient for a mixture of wall plaster, according to the Samarāṅgaṇa Sūtradhāra, which is a Sanskrit treatise dealing with Śilpaśāstra (Hindu science of art and construction).[3]


  1. ^ Monier-Williams, Monier (1899). A Sanskrit-English Dictionary: Etymologically and Philologically Arranged with Special Reference to Cognate Indo-European Languages. Oxford: Clarendon Press. OCLC 685239912.
  2. ^ Gilani AH, Khan A, Khan AU, Bashir S, Rehman NU, Mandukhail SU (2010). "Pharmacological basis for the medicinal use of Holarrhena antidysenterica in gut motility disorders". Pharm. Biol. 48 (11): 1240–6. doi:10.3109/13880201003727960. PMID 20822397.
  3. ^ Nardi, Isabella (2007). The Theory of Citrasutras in Indian Painting. Routledge. p. 121. ISBN 978-1134165230.