Helicteres chrysocalyx Mast.
Helicteres roxburghii G.Don
Isora cordyfolia Schott & Endl.
Common Name: East Indian Screwtree
East Indian screwtree is a shrub or small tree that can reach a height of up to 8 metres, but is more likely to be 4 metres or less in height[
Gathered from the wild and used locally as a medicine, the plant has also been experimentally cultivated as a fibre plant in India[
E. Asia - southern China, Indian subcontinent, through southwest Asia to Australia.
Dry deciduous forests, scrub, dry grasslands on slopes; at elevations around 100 - 600 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
The extract of the seeds cures dysentery and stomach pain[
The root and stem bark are expectorant, demulcent, astringent, galactofuge, and a remedy for scabies[
]. The stem bark is also used for treating diarrhoea and dysentery[
The bark is the source of a strong fibre[
]. It is used as cordage for making cots, tying cattle and ploughs[
]. The bark fibre is good for making ropes and clothing[
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