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Scientific name of Bitter nutmeg: Myristica Dactyloides / Myristica Malabarica Lam
Name of Bitter nutmeg in different languages:-
English: Bombay Mace, False Nutmeg
Hindi: Van Jati phal
Malayalam: Kattupathri-Chithirappovu - ചിത്തിരപ്പൂവ്, Kattujathy - കാട്ടുജാതി, Pantha painപന്തപ്പയിൻ.
Plant description of Bitter nutmeg:
Bitter nutmeg is found in the Western Ghats and evergreen forest area, with the range of 1500m altitude, it is growing up to 20 m tall, with stilt roots. Bark is brownish, warty, flaky and thick foliage, Leaf stalk is 1.5-4 cm long and leaves are 12-25 x 4-12 cm, the tree is like nutmeg tree in nature, seeds covered with a covered with orange-red deeply laciniate and covering aril, which is the useful part of the plant, Ayurveda treatments and also used to make dyes.
Useful plant parts: Nut, Aril
Other uses: The aril of bitter nutmeg can be used as a food coloring agent (Yellow color like turmeric), instead of Nutmeg it can be used as medicine