ENGLISH NAME: WILD SERPANT ROOT
BOTANIC NAME: Chasalia curviflora
Synonym: Chasalia ophyoxyloids
FAMILY : Rubiaceae
HABIT: An erect, evergreen, shade loving plant.
PLANT : Shrub grows up to a height of 1meter.
LEAF : Simple, opposite, 10-15 cm length, 2.5-5cm width. Dark green in colour.
FLOWER: Inflorescence terminal, in cymes up to 3cm long,
Petals five, white margin with yellow shade inside.
Purple tubular corolla curves upwards.
Tiny white coloured sepals.
FRUIT/SEED: fleshy green in colour turns to black when ripe.
PROPAGATION : By seeds
The roots are used in tribal medicines.
Paste of leaves and root is applied topically on affected places to heal wounds and pimples.
Decoction of the root is reported to be used for the treatment of Pneumonia and throat pain.
LOCAL NAMES: KAARUTHA AMALPORI , VELLA KURINJI (Malayalam).