Daphne papyracea Wall. ex. Steud.
Thymelaeaceae.
Local Name:
Nar.
Synonym:
Habit & Habitat:
A much branched evergreen, erect shrub with smooth grey bark, up to 2m tall, found in sub-tropical and temperate zones.
Taxonomic Features:
Leaves simple, elliptic-oblong to lanceolate, leathery, entire, acuminate, shiny, upper surface dark green, lower light green. Stem and branches glabrous. Inflorescence in terminal clusters of 4-9 flowers. Flower actinomorphic, white, sessile.Fruit a berry, ovoid, scarlet green, becomes deep red when fully ripe.
Flowering and Fruiting:
April-December.
Harvesting Time:
October-March.
Medicinal Value:
Locally it is used to ease rheumatism, neuralgic pain, and toothache, also used as bitter, febrifuge and purgative. In large doses poisonous, paste is used for tumors, swelling, and snake bites.
Part Used:
Fruit, Leaf, Root.
Occurrence:
Abundant.
Future Perspective:
Collection, Drying, Packing, Chemical Analysis, Herbal Pharmacy.
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