Exotic Parrot from Philippines
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Common name: Parrot's Beak, Hedgehog • Hindi: बधारा Badhara • Bengali: বধারা Badhara • Assamese: Korobi
Botanical name: Gmelina philippensis Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Parrot's Beak is an extraordinary round and spiny shrub with pendant branches. Rhomboid-elliptic leaves are 5-7.5 cm long, 3-4 cm broad, entire or slightly lobed, smooth. Exotic flowers comprised of yellow blossoms which emerge from a pendant structure of overlapping bracts. The flower resembles parrot's beak. The fruit is fleshy, smooth, yellow, pear-shaped, and about 2 centimeters long. Parrot's Beak is a native of Philippine islands, introduced and naturalized in India and S.E. Asia. In the Philippines it is said that the juice of the fruit is externally applied to portions of the feet affected by “alipuñga,” a kind of eczema. The juice of the fruit is also considered anti “limatik,” (limatik is a species of leech of the genus Haemadipsa).