Salacia oblonga

Family ► Hippocrateaceae; Celas-traceae.

Habitat ► Rain forests of Western Ghats from Konkan to Kerala.

Folk ► Chundan (Tamil Nadu), Ponkoranti (Kerala).

Action ► Root bark—used for the treatment rheumatism; also for gonorrhoea, swellings and skin diseases. Plant—mildly antiseptic.

Air-dried plant contains 8.97% ash; a high percentage of sodium and chloride ions (sodium 5.68, chloride 10.02%). The plant is a source of alkaline earth (called Sajji), used for extracting sodium carbonate.

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