Mallotus philippensis Lam Muell

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Family Name:


Local Name/English Name: Flowering Period: Status: Part Used: Habit/Habitat:



Kamila, Kamala, Kumile/Indian kamala



Whole plant

A small tree, found mostly in forest areas in waste places in dry hard soil. Pakistan: Sind, Sawat, Kashmir, and Lower Hazara. World: India, Sri Lanka, Indochina, Malaysia, Australia, and Polynesia. A small tree up to 5 m tall. Stem erect, branched, and woody, with gray or pale brown rough bark. Leaves simple, alternate, petiolate, entire, and longer than broad, lanceolate, with upper surface dark green and red glandular beneath. Flowers numerous, small, cream color, in erect short clusters of spikes. Fruit subglobose, three lobes covered with dense reddish powdery covering. Seeds are black and smooth (Fig. 3.56).

Indian Kamila Mallotus Philippensis

Family Name: Euphorbiaceae

Medicinal Uses:

Collection: xh kg of dried fruit is collected by men 25-40

years old, in winter (December-February). The fruits' seed coats are removed; the seeds are dried in sunlight for 1-2 days and stored in cloth or a glass jar for further use. Recipes: 250 g of dried seeds is ground for 10-15 min; this powder is stored in a glass or plastic bottle and given to patients suffering from constipation and intestinal worms. For children, xh tsp (3-4 g) of powdered drug (at one time) is mixed with X cup (125 g) of curd and given 2-3 times per day for 1-2 days. For adults, 1 tsp (10-12 g) of powdered drug (at one time) is mixed with 1 cup (250 g) of curd and given _2-3 times per day for 5-6 days._

Family Name: Euphorbiaceae

Diseases Cured: Intestinal worms and constipation.

Ethnobotanical Uses: Leaves are used as fodder for cattle, goats, and sheep. Wood used in thatching and tool handles and as fuel.

Phytochemistry: Cardeniotids, corotonigenin, l-rhamanoside, and coroglaucigenin rhamnoside, bergenine, 4-hydroxyrottlerine, 3, 4-dihydroxy rot-tlerine, and 4-phloroglucinol derived phorbic acid [1].

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