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Kavisha / कविशा / Scarlet Sterculia / Firmiana colorata

Local Name: Kavisha / कविशा

Common Name: Scarlet Sterculia

Botanical Name: Firmiana colorata

Kavisha / कविशा / Scarlet Sterculia / Firmiana colorata

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree

  • Occurrence: Forests

  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year

  • Geography: Western Ghats, Deccan

  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: 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: Not edible

  • As Medicine: Seeds roasted for their anti-microbial and anti-oxidant.

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: N/A

  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A

  • Pickling: N/A

  • Brining: N/A

  • Fermenting: N/A

  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A

  • Overall Method: Seeds may be roasted and eaten.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Have anto-microbial and antioxidant properties.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps cure jaundice and cholera.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Leaf juice helps cure jaundice and cholera.


  • Tribal Recipe: N/A