Dita. This ayurvedic herb is known by the name of Saptaparna or Saptaparni. Its latin name is Alstonia scholaris. It is used in Ayurveda as a bitter and as an astringent herb for skin disorders, urticaria, and for upper purification process of Panchakarma.
Find the herb pictures of Saptaparni or Saptaparna or Alstonia scholaris.
This ayurvedic herb is commonly found in Bengal, Southern India and on Western coastal region of India. It is found in Himalayan region up to 3000 feet of height.
The Plant Of Dita:
This is a large evergreen tree and with 40 to 50 feet height. The bark is thick, brittle, white on the external surface and yellowish on the inside. Some white milk oozes on cutting the bark.
Leaves are found in the group of Seven (That is why it is called Saptaparni in Hindi – Sapta means seven and Parna or parni means leaves). Leaves are 4 to 6 inch long and 1 to 2 inch in diameter. The upper surface of the leaves are smooth and green and the lower surface is greyish white. The milk also oozes on cutting the leaves.
Flowers are greenish white. Flowering occurs in early winter – November to December.
These are 1 to 2 feet long. Small white seeds have some cotton like fibers attached. Fruition period is late winter season – January to February.
THE TREE OF SAPTAPARNI OR DITA OR ALSTONIA SCHOLARIS
THE LEAVES OF ALSTONIA SCHOLARIS OR DITA OR SAPTAPARNI IN GROUP
THE BARK OF DITA OR ALSTONIA SCHOLARIS