Bandicoot Berry
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Bandicoot Berry
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Bandicoot Berry • Hindi: कुकुर जिह्वा Kukur jihwa • Manipuri: ꯀꯣꯛꯅꯥꯜ Koknal • Marathi: Karkani • Tamil: Nalava, Ottannalam • Malayalam: Nakku • Telugu: Amkador • Kannada: ಅಂಡಿಲು Andilu, ತಣ್ಣುಣುಕ Tannunuka, ಗದಾಪತ್ರಿ Gadapatri • Bengali: Kurkur • Assamese: Ahina • Sanskrit: Chatri • Mizo: Kawlkar
Botanical name: Leea indica    Family: Vitaceae (Grape family)

Bandicoot Berry is a shrub with straight branches. The leaves are double compound or triple compound, 90-120 cm long. The leaflets are extremely variable in size and shape. The flowers are greenish-white. The fruit is small. It is found in India to Indo-China, the Malay Peninsula, Java, Sumatra, and Borneo.
Medicinal uses: A decoction of the root is given in colic, is cooling and relieves thirst. In Goa, the root is much used in diarrheal and chronic dysentery. The roasted leaves are applied to the head in vertigo. The juice of the young leaves is a digestive.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed in Maharashtra & Mizoram.

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