Week and Your Plants – September 18 to 24

Zodiac sign : Virgo / Kanni


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 18, Monday : Chithira : Aegle marmelos (കൂവളം) - Rutaceae


It is a slow-growing deciduous shrub or tree. The tree is armed with spines. Considered a sacred tree in the Hindu culture, the leaves are indispensable offerings to the Lord Shiva. The tree is commonly grown in the premises of temples. The fruit is used to make a very refreshing drink. The fruits, leaves, twigs and root are used medicinally. It is one of the ingredients in Dasamoola.

September 19, Tuesday: Chothi : Terminalia arjuna (നീർമരുത്) - Combretaceae


It is a very large deciduous tree. A very important medicinal plant in India, where it has been employed in medicine for at least 3,000 years. The tree is also exploited in the wild for its timber and tannin-rich bark. An important source of timber in India.

September 20, Wednesday: Visakham : Flacourtia jangomas (വയ്യങ്കത)- Salicaceae


It is a small, spiny, evergreen tree that branches from very low down on the bole. The plant is cultivated for its edible fruit. The roots, leaves and bark all contain tannins and are used in the treatment of diarrhoea.

September 21, Thursday : Anizham : Mimusops elengi (ഇലഞ്ഞി) - Sapotaceae


A good garden and avenue tree of evergreen nature. It is mainly used for dental ailments such as bleeding gums, pyorrhea, dental caries, etc. The flowers are used to make roseries/ mala.

September 22, Friday : Thriketta : Aporosa cardiosperma (വെട്ടി) - Phyllanthaceae

A medium sized tree with elongate leaves and flowers in small spikes. The timber is used for construction purpose. Fruits edible, leaves coolant. Also for fever, etc.

September 23, Saturday : Moolam : Vateria indica (വെള്ളപ്പൈൻ) - Dipterocarpaceae


Tall trees. The dammar resin obtained from bark of the tree is used for the treatment of cough, asthma, leprosy, skin eruptions, crack and wounds. Resin from the bark is also used as an incense in India and as an Ayurvedic medicine.

September 24, Sunday : Pooradam : Salix tetrasperma (ആറ്റുവഞ്ചി) - Salicaceae


A medium sized tree of riverbanks and wetlands. Its bark has been used in traditional medicine in many countries to alleviate pain, fever, and inflammation. The non-medicinal applications of the plant include the use as fodder, soil binder on embankments and fuel and in making baskets, agricultural tools, sports articles, furniture and roofing material.