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Bivla / Bija / बिवळा /बिजा / Malabar Kino / Pterocarpus marsupium

Other Names

  • Local Name: Bivla / Bija / बिवळा /बिजा
  • Common Name: Malabar Kino
  • Botanical Name: Pterocarpus marsupium

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree
  • Occurrence: Moist or dry, mixed deciduous forests in hilly areas
  • Season of Availability: November-March
  • Geography: South Asia
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Leaves & Bark
  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: No
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant
  • As Food: Flowers and seeds are eaten.
  • As Medicine: Resin can be used to treat diarrhea or as a mouthwash; bruised leaves used on wounds.
  • Cooking Method: Plant parts are used medicinally.
  • Preservation / Curing Technique: N/A
  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: N/A
  • Souring Agents Required: N/A

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Astringent properties.
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps relieve itching, scabies, and boils; diarrhea and wounds; can act as a mouthwash.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Resin can be used to treat diarrhea or as a mouthwash; bruised leaves used on wounds.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Wood powder, dust and leaves are mixed together and then applied to itching, scabies, and boils.

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Bivla / Bija / बिवळा /बिजा / Malabar Kino / Pterocarpus marsupium

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