Woodfordia fruticosa (Click to enlarge)

Woodfordia fruticosa (Click to enlarge)

Local name Hindi name: Dhaaya / Dhaay ke Phool
Botanical name Woodfordia fruticosa
Family Lythraceae
Description and uses It is a large shrub and leaves of these plants turn bright red before falling. The best season for flowering and fruiting is May-June. It is found in lower altitudes of Tirthan Valley at an altitude of 1200-1800m. The bark is used as aromatic tonic, in fever, dyspepsia and cholera. Fruits, branches and thorns are used as a remedy for toothache. Locally the branches are used as toothbrush and considered useful in toothache and gum troubles.