Botanical name: Capparis zeylanica Family: Capparaceae (Caper family)
Synonyms: Capparis formosa, Capparis ovalifolia, Capparis rufescens
Ceylon caper is a large shrub, usually seen 2-5 m high. Thick stems have many climbing and drooping branches. Alternately arranged elliptic leaves are 3-6 cm long, with rounded base and short stalk. Beautiful flowers, which are essentially a spreading spray of pink-white stamens, are 4-5 sm across, and appear solitary in leaf axils. The flowers turn dark pink while fading.
Medicinal uses: In folk medicine, leaves used as cataplasm for boils, swelling and hemorrhoids. Decoction of root-bark used for vomiting and for improving the appetite. Leaves also used to improve the appetite.
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