This exotic small tree or shrub has highly perfumed flowers. The
sweet scented flowers are small, 1-2", attractive shape, with white
corolla and an orange-red tube in center and bloom profusely,
opening at night and casting off in the morning thus making a carpet
of flowers. Used in Buddhist temples, for worship. The large
attractive leaves are rough and hairy. Use well drained soil and
fertilize once a month.
Medical use: Stem is used for relief of headache, leaf -
cholecystagogue, flower - antipyretic, treatment of faintness and
Flowers, Leaves, seeds,
The leaves are antibacterial, antiinflammatory and anthelmintic.
Further, a dye extracted from the corolla tube is used to lend
colour to Tussore Silk. The flowers are bitter astringent, opthalmic,
stomachic and carminative. It is an expectorant, bitter and tonic,
febrifuge, and mild purgative. It is used in bilious and obstinate
remittent fever, sciatica, and rheumatism. It is also very useful in
constipation of children.