Botanical Name: Grewia latifolia
Species: G. latifolia
*Grewia blattaefolia Corner
*Grewia latifolia Mast. [Illegitimate]
*Grewia latifolia f. parvifolia Domin
*Grewia richardiana Hook.
*Microcos blattifolia (Corner) Rao
*Microcos latifolia Burret
Common Names: Emu berry, Dysentery plant,Dogs balls
Habitat: Emu Berry is native to Northan and Eastern Australia
Emu berry is a small shrub endemic to Northern and Eastern Australia. Growing to a height of 2m, the species is characterised by ovate leaves with serrated margins. The leaves are discolourous with green papery upper surfaces and pale green to yellow pubescent lower surfaces. The species is deciduous, shedding leaves in response to dry conditions. Cream coloured flowers are produced year round. Fruits are woody capsules with four externally visible compartments covered with coarse hairs. These fruits have a distinct similarity to dog testicles.
Emu berry has many health benefits attached to it. The use of roots and leaves of this small shrub to treat variety of disorders including diarrhea, headache, fatigue, boils, infected sores and scabies is something that the locals have been practicing from age old days. Uveitis an eye inflammation can also be treated by the use of decotion of the plant. This fruit is known to house good source of calcium, sodium, dietary fiber, iron and vitamin C. problems such as analgesic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antidysentric, antiulcer and purgative problems can be kept at bay if one religiously consumes and adds emu berries in their day to day diet.
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