Coral Jasmine (പാരിജാതം)
Scientific Name: Nyctanthes arbor-tristis L.
Synonyms: Bruschia macrocarpa Bertol., Nyctanthes dentata Blume
Unique ID: 221
Sub Class: Gamopetalae
English – Night Jasmine, Coral Jasmine
Malayalam – പാരിജാതം
Tamil – Pavizhamalli
Hindi – Har Singar
Description: A deciduous shrub or small tree, some times found in forest fringe as escape. Branchlets pubescent, 4-angled. Leaves ovate, shortly acuminate, distantly toothed or entire, coriaceous, scabrid, base rounded, cuneate or acute. Flowers white, sweet scented, sessile, 3-7 together on hairy quadrangular peduncles arranged in cymose panicles. Calyx tube funnel shaped, 4-5 toothed; corolla tube cylindrical, orange red, lobes white, 5-8, contorted in bud. Anthers subsesile near the mouth of the corolla tube. Ovary two celled, style cylindric,bifid. Fruit is a compressed orbicular capsule.
Habitat: It has been widely introduced in most tropical regions of the world
Distribution: India: Andaman & Nicobar Island, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan
Uses: Flowers are eaten as vegetable either as fresh or as dried one. The taste is pleasant bitter. Leaves are used in making curry. It is said to be antihelmenthic & aphrodisiac. Leaves are also used to treat skin diseases ; Ayurveda, Folk medicine, Homoeopathy, Folk medicine, Siddha