State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Averrhoa bilimbi L.

  • Family: Oxalidaceae
  • Vernacular names: Pulinchi, pulinchikkaya, Irumpan puli , പുളിഞ്ചി, പുളിഞ്ചിക്കായ, ഇരുമ്പൻ പുളി (Malayalam),
  • Distribution: Native of Malaysia, cultivated in other tropical countries
  • Description: Small trees. Leaves usually terminally tufted. Panicles cauliflorous from tubercles on main trunk to ground level and on main leafless branches, rarely axillary; solitary and erect. Flower yellowish-green to purplish-green. Fruits cylindric, obtuse, obtusely angled; seeds exarillate.
  • Habit: Tree
  • Habitat: Cultivated
  • Flowering & Fruiting: March-May

  • Parts used: Fruits
  • Properties & Uses: Fruits are astringent, stomachic and refrigerant. Syrup of the fruit is useful in relieving thirst, febrile excitement, and also in some slight cases of haemorrhage from the bowels, stomach and internal haemorrhoids. Fruit itself, in the form of curry, is a useful dietary article in piles and scurvy. Syrup or decoction of the fruit is prescribed in inflammatory conditions, chiefly in hepatitis; also prescribed in fever, diarrhea and bilious colic.
  • Systems of Medicines: Folk, Unani,
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