Strychnos colubrina Linn

Family ► Lognaniaceae; Strychnaceae.

Habitat ► Deccan Peninsula from Konkan to Cochin.

Ayurvedic ► Kupilu-lataa, Kuchilaa-lataa.

Folk ► Kaajar-vel (Maharashtra).

Action ► Leaves and roots are boiled in oil and applied to rheumatic swellings. Wood—used for malarial fever and cutaneous eruptions. Root—purgative, febrifugal, anthelmintic.

The roots, wood, bark and seeds contain alkaloids (bark 5.54%, wood 0.96%), consisting of brucine and strychnine. Beta-sitosterol has been reported in the plant.

Strychnos nux-vomica Linn. 629

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