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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

vernonia arborea

commonly known as Karana or Malanperuva, Vernonia arborea is medium sized tree attaining a height of 15-20m. this tree is occasionally seen along the margin of evergreen forest of western ghats and Indomalayan region up to 1900m. Timber of this species is used as firewood or for light indoor construction. Mixture of leaves is used to make a tonic for women after childbirth. this tree flowers profusely and attracts large colonies of honey bees. Annoyed by the presence of honeybees Elephants often try to uproot the trees .
Poovankurinjila (Vernonia cineraria) is a well known medicinal plant coming under this genus

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