Botanical Name: Volkameria inermis
Species: V. inermis
Synonyms: Clerodendrum inerme (L.) Gaertn.
Common Names: Bon Jui,Vanjai, Vilayati Mehendi, Glory Bower
Habitat:Volkameria inermis is found in Australia, Asia, Malesia and the Pacific islands.It is grown in Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra.
Volkameria inermis is a much branched, straggling shrub, 1-2 m tall flowering plant. Terminal branches very often twining slender, twigy, dark green. Leaves ovate to elliptical, 5-10 cm long, acute to acuminate tip, green, smooth, slightly shiny upper surface, margins entire, leaves opposite, simple. Cymes or umbels usually comprised of 3 flowers joined at a
common base point. White flowers with a 3.5-5.5 cm long narrow tube ending in 5 petals. Four
purple stamens, 1.5-3 cm long, protrude out of the flower.Fruits are drupe 4-lobed, pyrene, surrounded by striate, encircled by the persistent calyx at the base. Flowering and Fruiting Time : August – January. Within India, it is found throughout particularly near coastal regions.
Cultivation & Propagation:
Clerodendrum inerme is a sun loving plant and a sunny spot should be chosen for it. The plant produces suckers and seeds. For making hedges, a large number of well-developed plants are required and, therefore, it is advisable to produce new plants through cuttings.
Medicinal Uses: The juice of the leaves has much reputation to bring down the fever.
Other Uses: It is also well adapted to the topiarist’s art for cutting and making various designs of animals etc. in the gardens.
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