Mimusops Elengi Herb Pictures
Bakul ayurvedic herb is a good astringent herb and is beneficial in dental problems, urinary and gynecological disorders. Its latin name is Mimusops elengi.
See the herb pictures of Mimusops elegi.
This plant is found throughout India as people usually grow it in herbal gardens. It is found particularly in forests of Western Coast of India and in Andman area.
Other Species Of Bakul:
There is description of ‘Big Bakul‘ in one of the famous ancient Materia medica of Ayurveda – ‘Bhavaprakasha Nighantu‘. This big Bakul is actually another species with the latin name Osmanthus fragrans Linn.
This is an evergreen tree with 50 feet in height. The bark is dark grey in color. The wood inside the bark is hard and heavy and it is reddish grey on the outside and dark red on the inside.
Shiny, smooth and oval leaves are 2 to 4 inch long and 1 to 2 inch wide.
Yellowish, white and fragrant flowers are of one inch diameter. Flowering occurs in April and May.
One inch long and oval fruit is green, astringent and with milk when unripe. It turns yellow and it tastes astringent and sweet. Fruition occurs in rainy season.
The fruit contains one and occasionally two oval, brown and shiny seeds.
THE BAKUL OR MIMUSOPS ELENGI TREE IN THE MIDDLE
THE LEAVES OF BAKUL OR MIMUSOPS ELENGI TREE
THE BARK AND STEM OF MIMUSOPS ELENGI OR BAKUL TREE