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Callicarpa macrophylla

(Common name:- Beautyberry)

Classification

Callicarpa macrophylla

History

Beautyberry is a plant which has hundreds of specie in the genus callicarpa. It is an ornamental plant mostly found in home gardens for decoration.

Beautyberry is native to east, Southeast Asia, Australia, southeast America, and Central America.

Callicarpa macrophylla is specie which is majorly found from India to Malaysia. And other species are distributed in other parts of the world.

Plant Description

Beautyberry is small shrub and the leaves are simple, opposite and grow 5-20 cm long.

The flowers of callicarpa are white-pinkish bearing in clusters.

The fruit is a berry which is 2-3 mm in diameter and pink-purplish colour with glossy surface.

Cultivation

Beautyberry prefers well drained sandy, loamy and clayey soils with acidic and alkaline nature.

The hardy zone preferred is 9 and majorly cultivated at altitudes of Himalayas.

It is also found near swampy areas, waste lands and roadsides.

Parts Used

Leaves, fruit, root, wood.

Uses

Beautyberry has various medicinal uses as it is believed that decoction made of leaves help in alleviating pain in rheumatism.

The tincture and decoction is also used in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery.

The root of this plant is useful in relieving rashes on the tongue if chewed.

A poultice of root is curative in fever and its juice is thought to ease indigestion.

The inner bark of the plant is used to apply on cuts and wounds.

The fruit berry is edible and consumed when ripened fully.

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