Wild Plants of our Campus

 

A large number of native wild plants are seen in our campus. Quite a number of them possess medicinal properties. The list of plants given below is found in two small quadrangles inside HSB. This clearly indicates the rich biodiversity of the campus.

 

§         Alysicarpus ovelifolium

 

§         Phylanthus maderaspatensis (similar to keezhanelli)

 

 

 

§         Hybanthus enneasperma (means nine seeded). Oridal thamarai in Tamil, also known as Purushratnam

 

§         Indigofera linneai (legume), same genus as indigofera tinctoria

 

§         Cyperaceae cyperusrotundus (Sedge family, all sedges have round stems)

 

§         Dipteracanthus prostratus (acanthaceae family, same as kanakambaram, blue flowers)

 

§         Justicia prostrata (acanthaceae family, smaller bluish violet flowers compared to dipteracanthus)

 

§         Carcorus aestunes (Punnakku keerai)

 

§         Boerhavia difusa (Mookarattai) (same family as 4’o’clock plant)

 

§         Thunbergia erecta (bushy ornamental plants)

 

§         Tylophora indica (creeper, spreading)

 

§         Merreria tridentata (Avvayar koondal) (leaves on one side, sweet potato family)

 

§         Brachiaria (grass family)

 

§         Ichnocarpus (appus favourite creeper)

 

§         Wattakkakka volubi (milkweed family, climber)

 

§         Wrightia tinctoria (palai)

 

§         Bauhinia (Irunatchi)

 

§         Lania coromandelica

§         Evolvulus numlaripholius (white flowers, silmilar to vishnukrenti, creeper on the gorund)

 

 

§         Oldenlata umbellata (dye, Pondicherry, chayaver in Tamil, Siddha medicine)

 

§         Zyziphus oenoplia (soorai pazham)

§         Strebulus asper (‘Kutti pala’ in Tamil, yellow small edible fruits)

 

§         Putranjiva roxbergia (used in worshipping to get male child, native of western ghats)

§         Phyllanthus reticulatus (barbets are found on these bushes, red fruits which turn dark  blue are seen below the leaves)

 

§         Canthium dicoccum (Karai, leaves edible, used in religious fucntions  (15th day after death)

 

§         Benkara malabarica (white flowers, red/black fruits)

 

§         Glycosmis moracea

§         Cissus witiginea (wild grape, relative of perandai)

 

§         Pachigone ovata (sirukkattu kodi, dry leaves can be powdered and dissoloved in water to get a gel)

 

§         Hyptus suaveolals tropical american plant introduced in India and wide spread in open areas (smells like karpooravalli)

§         Theriosporum itunum (kattuchempu, small plants)

§         Desmodium triphlorum (siru pull adi in Tamil, nilapulladi in Malayalam)

 

§         Poonai vanangi

§         Micrococca mercurialis (similar in looks to that of  poonai vanangi)

§         Hura corpitus Tropical American tree looks like pipal

 

§         Croton bonplandiarum (metallic green bug is seen on this plant)

§         Bignoneaceae dalicantrum (??) treenear CRC

§         Carissa

§         Bulbostylus barbeta (sedge family, radiating leaves from one central point, common in the campus)

 

Shrubs and Herbs of our Campus