Jatropha multifida Linn.


Family : Euphorbiaceae.

Habitat : Native to South America.

Naturalized in various parts of


English : Coral plant, Physic Nut.

Ayurvedic : Brihat-Danti (bigger

var. of Danti, also equated with

Baliospermum montanum).

Folk : Danti (var.).


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Action : Seeds—purgative, emetic.

Fruits—poisonous. Leaves—used

for scabies. Latex—applied to

wounds and ulcers.


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The latex from the plant showed antibacterial

activity against Staphylococcus

aureus. It contains immunologically

active acylphloroglucinols, multifidol,

phloroglucinol and multifidol

beta-D-glucopyranoside. The latex also

contains an immunologically active,

cyclic decapeptide.


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Medicinal plants of India ; Ayurveda

01 September 2013

Encyclopedia of Indian Medicinal Plants/Herbs mainly using in Ayurveda with good quality pictures and information like therapeutic usage of Medicinal Plants, cultivation, morphology, habitat, flower characters, Chemical content, parts used, research works etc.