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Department of Botany

Since 1980

Murraya paniculata (L.) Jacq.



   Botanical NameMurraya paniculata (L.) Jacq.
   SynonymsMurraya exotica. L.; Camunium exoticum. (L.) Kuntze.
   Common NameEnglish: Mock Orange / Tamil: Kattu-karuveppilai
   DistributionGlobal: India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Indo - China, Malesia to Australia.
Indian: Throughout India
   DescriptionSmall deciduous Tree up to 7 m Height, Bark smooth pale to whitish. Leaves pinnate elliptical or rhombus-shaped. The leaflets are glossy green and glabrous. Inflorescence Cyme. Flowers fragrant, arranged in loose groups, pedicel long. Sepals 4 or 5 about 1 mm long, Petals 5 or 4 white or cream-coloured, Fruit oval, glabrous, orange-red berry containing densely hairy seeds.
   Flowering Fruiting periodMarch-May and August-September/throughout the year.
   UsesWood very hard, used for construction works and agricultural implements.
   Medicinal UsesThe ground bark of stem is used as antidote in snake bites while ground root is used to cure body ache. It is also used to treat cough, hysteria and rheumatism
   Tamil NameKattu-karuveppilai