Avicennia officinalis L.

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341: 2

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.102.24380

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scientific name

Avicennia officinalis L.
status

 

Avicennia officinalis L. 

Name.

English: gray mangrove.

Range.

Maritime. South and southeastern Asia, northern Australia, and East Africa.

Conservation status.

Least Concern [LC] ( IUCN 2017).

Uses.

Root: Considered to be an aphrodisiac. Seed: Used in poultices.

Notes.

In Taiwan the fruit, mixed with butter and made into a paste, is smoothed on to prevent the bursting of smallpox pustules; in Indo-China the bark is used to heal cutaneous affections, especially scabies; in Indonesia a resinous substance exuded from the bark "acts as a contraceptive, and apparently can be taken all year long without ill effects"; and in the Philippines the seeds are a maturative and a cicatrizant of ulcers, also resin from the sapwood is applied locally to snakebites ( Perry 1980).

The bark contains tannin and lapachol ( Perry 1980).

Reference.

Perry (1980).