Week and Your Plants – August 28 to September 3

Zodiac sign : Leo / Chingam

Ziziphus jujuba (ഇലന്തി) – Rhamnaceae

It is a much-branched, deciduous thorny tree with a spreading crown. It is a valuable commercial fruit crop. The leaves are shiny-green. Flowers are small and green. Fruits are red or reddish brown. The fruits are highly medicinal.

August 28, Monday : Uthradam : Artocarpus heterophyllus (പ്ലാവ്) – Moraceae


Large evergreen trees with milky white exudate and are cultivated. Fruits are edible,large agrregate (sorosis) with yellowish-green conical tubercles.

August 29, Tuesday : Thiruvonam : Calotropis gigantea (എരുക്ക് ) - Apocynaceae


Shrubs with opposite broad thick leaves. Calotropis is used for conditions such as digestive disorders, toothache, cramps, joint pain, and many others like swellings. Spiritually significant as the flowers in Shiv pooja.

August 30, Wednesday : Avitam : Prosopis cineraria (വഹ്‌നി ) - Fabaceae


Thorny trees of costal and dry zones providing fodder, fuel for timber, and shade, as well as affecting soil improvement and sand dune stabilization. Known to be used for Treatment of various ailments like leprosy, dysentery, asthma, leucoderma, dyspepsia and earache etc.

August 31, Thursday : Chathayam : Neolamarckia cadamba (കദംബം ) - Rubiaceae


Tall fast-growing trees. Timber and manufacturing paper. Additionally, the sweet-scented flowers are used to make perfume. The paste prepared from the bark of stem and leaf of Kadamba is useful to treat pain, redness and itching due to insect bite.

September 1, Friday : Poororutathi : Mangifera indica (മാവ്‌ ) - Anacardiaceae


A large evergreen tree of multiple utility. For wood, fruit, medicine and more. The fruits are sweet and delicious with high market demand. An infusion of leaves and bark is used as an astringent, and it is applied as a mouth wash for toothache, sore gums, sore throat, and similar affections. The trees are of significance in spiritual functions.

September 2, Saturday : Uthratathi : Borassus flabellifer (പന ) - Arecaceae


A multipurpose palm for timber, fibre, leaves, fruits etc. The Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer) leaves are used for thatching, mats, baskets, fans, hats, umbrellas, and as writing material. Tala (Toddy palm) – Borassus flabellifer is an Ayurvedic plant used for the treatment of general debility. The fermented sap from the tree is popular as toddy or boiled down to make sugar blocks, also known as palm ‘jaggary. The germinating ones are used for edible purpose.

September 3, Sunday : Revathy : Madhuca longifolia (ഇലിപ്പ) - Sapotaceae

madhuca longifolia

It is an evergreen multipurpose tree with with dense crown and leaves crowded at branch tips and milky latex, that is very important to the local economy, supplying a range of foods, medicines and other commodities. Flowers and fruits are edible. An oil extracted from the seed is used both as a substitute and an adulterant of ghee. Seeds are used in rheumatism and skin infections.