Wagatea spicata Dalz

Family ► Caesalpiniaceae.

Habitat ► Western Ghats.

Ayurvedic ► Guchh-karanja.

Siddha ► Okkadi-kodi, Pulinakk-agondai.

Folk ► Vaakeri (Maharashtra). Caesalpinia digyna Rottl. is also known as Vaakeri.

Action ► Roots—used in pneumonia. Bark—used externally in skin diseases.

The root contains vakerin. Vakerin did not inhibit the stimulating effect of histamine and acetylcholine.

Pods contain considerable quantity of tannic acid.

Synonym ► W. gracilis Schrad.

Family ► Campanulaceae.

Habitat ► Native to South Africa; occurring throughout India.

Folk ► Tosad kesari, Dudma Saaga.

Action ► Root—used in pulmonary infections. Herb—used externally for strengthening the loose teeth, also for skin diseases.

The flower contains delphinidin-chloride-3, 5-diglucoside. The roots contain glucose, sucrose, methyl 9,

12-octadecadienoate, beta-sitosterol, beta-sitosterol glucoside and lupenone.

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