State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Aporosa cardiosperma (Gaertn.) Merr.

  • Family: Phyllanthaceae
  • Vernacular names: Aechil, Eachil, Kotili, Vetti, ഏച്ചിൽ, ഈച്ചിൽ, കൊറ്റിലി, വെട്ടി (Malayalam), Lindley's Aporosa (English), Vettil (Tamil)
  • Distribution: Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
  • Description: Small trees. Leaves simple, attenuate, stipulate. Flowers unisexual; male flowers yellow, solitary or clustered in axillary spikes; female flowers, pale green, in densely tomentose small racemes. Fruit a capsule, globose, yellow; seed one, brown, planoconvex.
  • Habit: Tree
  • Habitat: Semi-evergreen and evergreen forests, also in the plains
  • Flowering & Fruiting: December-June

  • Parts used: Root
  • Properties & Uses: Root decoction is used for the treatment of jaundice, fever and headache
  • Systems of Medicines: Folk,
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