Lokhandi / लोखंडी / Gorbale / Ixora brachiata Roxb.

  • Local Name: Lokhandi / लोखंडी
  • Common Name: Gorbale
  • Botanical Name: Ixora brachiata Roxb.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree

  • Occurrence: Understorey trees in disturbed evergreen to semievergreen forests up to 1400 m; sacred groves.

  • Season of Availability: December-February

  • Geography: West India

  • Method of Propagation: N/A

  • Part used for Propagation: N/A

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Leaves

  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No

  • Ripe: Yes

  • Both Raw & Ripe: No

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant

  • As Food: N/A

  • As Medicine: N/A

  • 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: Fruits are eaten when ripe; plant is used for medicinal purposes.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Rich antioxidant properties.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Fungal skin infections and cough

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Helps with treating mycotic skin infections.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Consume leaf powder in case of cough.