Family Rosaceae

Habitat ► The temperate Himalayas from Garhwal to Sikkim, also in Ootacamund.

English ► Wild Himalayan Cherry, Bird Cheery.

Ayurvedic ► Padmaka, Padma-gandhi, Padmaadyaa, Padmaakha, Padmakaashtha.

Action ► Kernel—antilithic. Stem— refrigerant, antipyretic. Tender branches are crushed and soaked in water and taken internally to avert abortion. Oil—similar to that of bitter almond oil.

The plant contains a flavone glu-coside, puddumin-A. The root bark contains beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, ursolic acid, prunetinoside, glucogen-kwanin and neosakuranin. Seeds contain flavonoid glycosides.

The leaves, twigs, bark and kernels contain a cyanogenetic substance.

Dosage ► Heartwood—1-3 g powder. (API, Vol. III.)

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