Acacia pennata L Willd

Family ► Mimosaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India; ascending to 1,700 m in the Himalayas.

Ayurvedic ► Lataakhadira, Aadaari, Ari.

Siddha/Tamil ► Indan, Indu. Iyak Koluntu (tender leaves).

Action ► Bark—antibilious, antiasthmatic. Leaf—stomachic, styptic (for bleeding gum), antiseptic (for scalding of urine). A decoction of young leaves is taken for body pain, headache and fever.

The bark contains tannin 9%, lupe-

ol and alpha-spinasterol. Stem yields sitosterol.

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