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Flacourtia indica  (BURM.F.)


Botanical Name


Flacourtia indica (BURM.F.)

English Name


Governor’s Palm



Flacourtia latifolia Cooke, Flacourtia occidentalis Blatter, Flacourtia ramontchi L 'Herit, Gmelina indica, Flacourtia sapida, Stigmarosa africana, Flacourtia inermis.





General Info


A deciduous shrub up to 10 m tall. Leaves alternate, red-pink when young, variable in size, 3 to 12 cm long and 2.5 to 5.0 cm wide, apex obtusely acuminate, base cuneate to round, margins coarsely crenate or serrate, glabrous; petioles 0.3 to 2 cm. Flowers greenish-yellow, unsexual; short tomentose racemes; sepals 4 to 5, 2 mm long, ovate or orbicular, hispid and ciliate; petals absent. Fruit globose dark-red or black, fleshy berry, persistent style. Seeds pale brown, rugose testa.

Herb Effects

Antirheumatic (seed); diuretic, alleviates spasms, hypothermic, antistrychnine and stimulates the central nervous and cardiovascular systems (aerial part); anthelminthic (fruit)




Active Ingredients

A cyanogenetic glycoside and an emulsion-like enzyme (plant).


Medicinal Use

In cholera (gum); enlargement of the spleen and in jaundice and against roundworms (fruit). Used to treat biliousness, rheumatism, gout, skin diseases, urinary disorders and mental disorders (bark).


Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.

Uniyal et al., Medicinal Flora of Garhwal Himalayas.

Sharma, Uses of Medicinal Plants.



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