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Kamala or kamopillaka (Mallotus philippinensis Muell.)

Pankaj Oudhia
Society for Parthenium Management (SOPAM)
28-A, Geeta Nagar, Raipur - 492001 India

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Scientific Name: Mallotus philippinensis Muell.
Family: Euphorbiaceae
English Name: Monkey-face Tree.
Hindi Name: Kamala, Kampillaka, Kapila, Shendri.

General Description: It is a tree found throughout tropical regions of India. Since generations, it is in use as medicinal tree in India.

Botanical Description: Tree having height up to 10 meters; Leaves articulated, alternate, rusty-tomentose, ovate or rhombic ovate; Flowers dioecious, female flowers in lax spike like terminal and axillary racemes; male flowers three together in the axils of small bracts; Capsule trigonous-globular, covered with a bright crimson layer of minute, easily detachable reddish powder.

Useful Parts: All parts.

Traditional Medicinal Uses: According to Ayurveda, leaves are bitter, cooling and appetizer. Fruit is heating, Purgative, anthelmintic, vulnerary, detergent, maturant, carminative, alexiteric and useful in treatment of bronchitis, abdominal diseases, spleen enlargement etc.

Other Uses
A source of Kamala dye which is used in colouring silk and wool.
As anti-oxidant for ghee and vegetable oils.
Oil is used as hair-fixer and added in ointment.
Seed oil is used in paints and varnishes.
Seed cake is used as manure.
Wood pulp is suitable for writing and printing paper.


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Pankaj Oudhia
Society for Parthenium Management (SOPAM)
28-A, Geeta Nagar, Raipur - 492001 India

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