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| Last Updated:: 25/08/2023

Javanese Wood Plant







Botanical Name

Aerva lanata (Linn.) Juss.

Common Name

Javanese wood plant, Chaya (Hindi), Cherupulai (Tamil), Bhadra (Sanskrit)



Throughout India


Religious association



The flower of this plant is one among the ten auspicious flowers or ‘Dashapushpams’. *




The plant is described in Ayurveda as one of the best-known remedies for bladder and kidney stones. A decoction of the plant is consumed to dissolve the stones. The plant is used to eliminate intestinal worms and acts as an antidote for snake poison. It is also used in the treatment of Diabetes mellitus. The roots are used in headaches and its decoction is given as a tonic to pregnant women. The young shoots are eaten by cattle. 

* Dashapushpam  (Ten auspicious flowers used for the worship of Hindu deities)


Sl. No. Botanical Name Common Name
Common Name
1 Cynodon dactylon Durba Arukampillu
2 Aerva lanata Chaya Cerupulai
3 Vernonia cinerea Sahadevi Puvamkurundal
4 Evolvulus alsinoides Vishnukranta Vishnukranti
5 Biophytum sensitivum Lajjalu Teendanazhi
6 Emilia sonchifolia Hirankhuri Muyalchevi
7 Curculigo orchioides Musli Nilappanaikkizhangu
8 Eclipta alba Bhringraj Kaikeshi
9 Cardiospermum halicacabum Kaanphuti Mudukkottan
10 Mandragora officinalis - Thiruthaali