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Murraya paniculata Orange Jessamine  Kemuning Rutaceae


Murraya paniculata, Orange Jessamine, Rutaceae, Kemuning

Murraya paniculata is also known as mock orange, orange jessamine or Chinese box. It is also sometimes named Murraya exotica or Chalcas paniculata. This shrub or small tree can reach up to 20 ft (6 m), but is generally smaller, being about 6-10 ft (about 2-3 m) tall. It It has an evergreen foliage, sweetly scented flowers and bears small red fruits.
Leaves - Murraya paniculata has an evergreen foliage, with pinnate leaves. These generally have 3 to 9 leaflets. Leaves are small and the foliage is fairly dense, and this plant is often grown as a bonsaļ tree.
Flowers - Flowers are white (they turn white-cream with age) and are sweetly scented, reminding of orange perfume. They are grouped in terminal panicles and generally have 5 petals.
Fruits - Fruits are small, being about half an inch (1-1.5 cm) long. They are orange-red when ripe and are not edible.
Medical use: Decoction of dried material (3 - 9 gms) or 0.3 - 0.9 gm of pulverized material by mouth with water: Used for gas pains. swelling pain due to sprain and contusions, rheumatic bone pain and poisonous snake bites.
Poultice of fresh leaves used for swelling due ti sprain and contusions; poisonouse snake bites.
Infusion of leaves used as tonic; also used for diarrhea and dysentery.
Decoction of leaves also used as mouthwash for toothaches.
Infusion of flowers tonic and stomachic.