State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Anamirta cocculus (L.) Wight & Arn.

  • Family: Menispermaceae
  • Vernacular names: Pettumarunna, പേറ്റുമരുന്ന് (Malayalam), Levant berries (English), Kakamari (Sanskrit), Kakamari (Hindi), Kakkamari (Tamil)
  • Distribution: Indo-Malesia
  • Description: Woody climbers. Leaves alternate, broadly ovate, 5-ribbed, coriaceous. Flowers greenish-white, unisexual, many, in large drooping panicles on old branches. Fruit of 1-3 drupes; seeds 1, glabrous.
  • Habit: Climbers/Lianas
  • Habitat: Moist deciduous and evergreen forests, also sacred groves in the plains
  • Flowering & Fruiting: August-December

  • Parts used: Root, fruits and seeds
  • Properties & Uses: Bitter, astringent, thermogenic, antifungal, anthelmintic and depurative. Roots are used for the treatment of tumors, poisoning, anaemia, dyspnoea, epilepsy. Fruits are used in skin disorders and epilepsy.
  • Systems of Medicines: Ayurveda, Folk, Unani, Homeo, Modern,
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