Kala Kuda / Kalkoda / काळा कुडा / Pala Indigo Plant / Wrightia tinctoria R.Br.

  • Local Name: Kala Kuda / Kalkoda / काळा कुडा
  • Common Name: Pala Indigo Plant
  • Botanical Name: Wrightia tinctoria R.Br.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree

  • Occurrence: Dry, deciduous forests

  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year

  • Geography: India, southeast Asia and Australia

  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Flowers

  • 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, fruit, leaves and seeds eaten after washing.

  • As Medicine: Leaves help relieve toothache and fever; bark treats stomach pain and toothache; leaf juice helps with jaundice and snake bite.

  • Cooking Method: Not typically eaten; mainly used medicinally.

  • Preservation / Curing Technique: N/A

  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: No

  • Souring Agents Required: N/A


Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Antidiabetic and antimicrobial properties.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps relieve toothache, fever, stomach pain, jaundice and snake bite.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Leaves help relieve toothache and fever; bark treats stomach pain and toothache; leaf juice helps with jaundice and snake bite.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Chew leaf with salt to relieve toothache.