Butea superba Roxb

Family ► Papilionaceae; Fabaceae.

Habitat ► Central and Southern India.

Ayurvedic ► Lataa-Palaash (orange or orange scarlet-flowered var.).

Action ► Seeds—sedative and anthelmintic; decoction emollient and used topically for piles. Seed oil—anthelmintic and hypotensive. Seeds exhibit haemagglutinating activity against human ABO red cells. Roots—hypotensive. Watery sap from stems is used for drinking purposes. Bark is used in tonics and elixirs.

White-flowered var. is equated with Butea parviflora Roxb.

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