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Cotton milk plant

The scientific name of Cotton milk plant: Wattakaka volubilis Stapf.

Name of Cotton milk plant in different languages:-

Sanscrit: Madhumalati, Svarnalata, Swarnajeevanti, Sumangala, Hemapurna.

Hindi: Nakchikni.

Malayalam: Vattakkakakodi വട്ടക്കാക്കക്കൊടി, Kodippala, Manja adapatiyan.

Plant description of Cotton milk plant

Cotton milk plant -Wattakaka volubilis Stapf is a woody vine, commonly in moist deciduous forests, plains, altitude up to 1300m. The leaves are simple, entire, rounded or ovate, 8 to 15 cm long, 5 to 8 cm broad, leathery and tapered at the apex. Flowers are greenish, in axillary umbels, about 1 cm across and fragrant. The seeds are elliptic, smooth, shining, edges sharp, and white, silky hairs, flowers occur April to September.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Oval Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulated
 oval  Margin_Entire  Venation-reticulate


Useful plant parts:

Roots, leaves.

Medicinal uses:

Cotton milk plant’s roots and leaves are used to treat skin diseases, diabetes, cough, poison insect bites and purifying the blood.

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