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Department of Botany

Since 1980

Phyllanthus acidus (L.) Skeels



   Botanical NamePhyllanthus acidus (L.) Skeels
   SynonymsPhyllanthus cicca. Mull. Arg.; Cicca disticha. L.
   Common NameEnglish : West India gooseberry / Tamil : Aranelli
   DistributionGlobal: Throughout Asia, Caribbean region, Central and South America
Indian : Throughout India
   Description: Small tree up to 9 m height, Bark Gray to brown. Leaves compound, ovate or lanceolate, Petioles short and pointed ends, green and smooth on upper-side and blue-green on lower side. Inflorescence panicles. Flowers small, pinkish, appear in clusters in 5-12.5 cm long panicles, cauliflorous. Fruit numerous, oblate, with 6-8 ribs, densely clustered, pale yellow or white, waxy, crisp, juicy, very sour, 4 to 6 seeds in a stone at the centre of each fruit
   Flowering Fruiting periodJanuary-March/April-May
   UsesFruit edible planted in household garden, Food,fuel, timber and tannin.
   Medicinal UsesUsed to treat inflammatory, rheumatism, bronchitis, asthma, respiratory disorder, hepatic diseases, and diabetes.
   Tamil NameAranelli