Sage-leaved alangium is a small, bushy tree offering a dense canopy with a short trunk. It bears fragrant white flowers which have green buds. The petals of the flower typically curl backwards exposing the multiple stamens and a linear stigma distinctly sticking out. The fruits are spherical berry like and red in color. The prominent remains of the calyx can be seen distinctly with a white color. The leaves are simple, alternate, oblong-lanceolate. The stunted branches end up with sharp ends making it look like thorns.
A piece of the stem of this tree is kept at the entrance of the houses not only to prevent the entry of evil spirits but also to bring good fortune to a family. As it is considered very auspicious, the tree is also planted near temples. It is believed that flowers of the plant are dear to Lord
Roots of Ankolam is useful for external applications in acute case of rheumatism, leprosy, inflammation and for external and internal application in case of rabid dog bites. They are also used as an astringent, which provides a soothing effect on the skin. Fruits are purgative.
They are used in treating burning sensations and hemorrhages. Oil obtained from the seeds is used for the treatment of piles and skin disorders.
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