Murraya paniculata (L.) Jack

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Lake View Jasmine
Synonym: Murraya exotica L.
Common Name: Kattumulla
Flowering & Fruiting Period: March - September
Distribution: Indo-Malaysia and Australia
Habitat: Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, also grown in the plains
Uses: Ornamental, aromatherapeutic. In Chinese medicine, a decoction of the leaves is taken to treat bruises, chronic dysentery, stomach ache, swellings and skin irritations. It is also used to relieve pain. Leaves are also used in other countries as a tonic, to cure toothache and herpes and to expel tapeworms in Malaysia; as a stimulant in Indonesia; to increase the menstrual flow and to treat diarrhoea and dysentery in the Philippines; and for fever and dysentery in Indochina.
Key Characteristics: Shrubs or small trees; bark pale greyish to white. Leaves 3-7 foliolate; leaflets ovate to elliptic-ovate or rhomboid, shortly acuminate at apex, attenuate at base, glabrous. Panicles few-flowered, from the axils of upper leaves; peduncle 2-3 cm long. Calyx lobes 5, ovate. Petals 5, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, white. Stamens 10. Disc annular. Ovary oblong, 2 celled; ovules 1 in each cell; stigma capitate. Berry ellipsoid, acute, red.