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Needle bush

Scientific name of Needle bush: Azima tetracantha Lam

Name of Needle bush in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Kandaki, Kunthaly, Kundali.

English: Bee sting bush, Fire-thorn

Hindi: Kanda-gur-kamay

Malayalam: Ysanku, യശങ്ക് Yasank, Sankukuppi-ശങ്ങുകുപ്പി 

Plant description:

It  is commonly found in the Evergreen to Dry Deciduous Forests;  it is a bush grows to 1- 2 meters tall, branched with spines occur in leaf axils, dark green in color. Leaves are pale green tapered the apex, oval to circular, oppositely arranged, each pair at right angles; leathery and hairy; margin entire; length up to 2 centimeters. The flowers are light green or pale yellow, small, commonly found in clusters in the axils; the fruits are berries, 1 cm diameter, sharp at the tip; fleshy contain 1 to 2 seeds inside.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Oblong Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulated
 longitudinal  Margin_Entire  Recticulate


Useful plant parts:

Whole plant

Medicinal uses:

 The Needle Bush plant is used in the treatment of Kapha, Vata disorders, bronchitis, cough, diabetes, diarrhea, asthma, and arthritis.

Chemical contents: 

Alkaloids, Flavanoids, and Sterol 

Medicinal Properties:

Antimicrobial, Antibacterial activities, Antibiotics, Anti-inflammatory, analgesic.

It is used as an ingredient in the Ayurveda medicines like:-

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