Stereospermum chelonoides uses


Botanical name: Stereospermum chelonoides

Family: Bignoniaceae  பத்திரி (ஜாதிபத்ரி அல்ல)



synonym:- Stereospermum suaveolens,

Habit:-  It is a small tree that grows throughout I  India B. suaveolens is an important plant used as medicine in India  ayurveda.

Distribution:- Fragrant Padri Tree is globally distributed in Ind-Malesia. Within India, it is found in tropical Himalayas, Assam, Meghalaya and in moist deciduous forests of Western Ghats.

Morphology:- Fragrant Padri Tree is a large deciduous tree,  with velvet-hairy branches. Leaves are compound,  Leaflets are  broadly elliptic, long-pointed. velvety on the underside, rounded and unequal at base,  short-stalked. Fragrant flowers are borne in large panicle. They are , pinkish. Sepal cup is bell-shaped,  Stamens are 4, remaining inside the flower-tube. Seed-pod is long, cylindrical, ribbed and rough


Traditionally, it is mainly used as analgesic, liver stimulant, astringent, wound healing and anti-dyspeptic. Roots of this plant are one of the ingredients of Dasamula in Ayurveda medicine

Root is used for urinary retention, skin diseases, cough, arthritis, hemorrhoids, and muscular pain, hemorrhoids and kidney stones.

Flowers tipped in honey given to check hiccough and  confection (a medicinal preparation usually made with sugar, syrup, or honey )as an aphrodisiac(An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases libido when consumed. Aphrodisiacs are distinct from substances that address fertility issues such as impotence or secondary sexual (dys)function such as erectile dysfunction (ED).

  1. Ethanol-extract of the plant showed hypoglycemic and anticancer activity experimentally. 
  2. A decoction of the root and leaves is used as  anti-pyre tic. 

About vasan

I hold a Master Degree in Botany M.Phil degree in Education I served as an teacher and as an Officer in the School Education Department worked in various capacities -served as a faculty in teacher education - as a Text book writer .and also as member of number of education committees .
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