State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Hydnocarpus macrocarpa Warb.

  • Family: Achariaceae
  • Vernacular names: Malamarotti, Vellananku, മലമരോട്ടി, വെള്ളനാങ്കു (Malayalam),
  • Distribution: Endemic to Southern Western Ghats
  • Description: Small trees. Leaves simple, alternate, estipulate. Flowers polygamous, white, in axillary fascicles or on old branches. Fruits a berry, globose, dark brown, woody; seeds many, angular.
  • Habit: Tree
  • Habitat: Evergreen forests
  • Flowering & Fruiting: March-May

  • Parts used: Seed and seed oil
  • Properties & Uses: Seeds are used for the treatment of leprosy and skin diseases.
  • Systems of Medicines: Folk,
  • Conservation Status: Vulnerable.
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