Three Leaved Caper - Plant
Common name: Crataeva
Bloom time: April-December.
Height: 2 m
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
plant have long tap roots which need to stretch out so the plants prefer well-dug, loose, well-draining soil; in preparing a bed, dig down 2 feet in depth and about 3 feet across to ensure the soil isn’t too compact.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Feed plants only sparingly; overfertilization can cause stems to break in the fall.
- You can add diluted fertilizer into the water, though avoid getting the fertilizer near the plant’s base; it may help to build a moat in a circle around the plant about 18 inches out.
Fruits are ovoid or ellipsoid, apiculate, 3-3.5 x about 2 cm, smooth; seeds 8-10, 6.5-7 x about 6 mm; stalks thin. Travancore Caper is endemic to Southern Western Ghats
- Unverified information It is used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine.
- It has anti-inflammatory, diuretic, lithontriptic, demulcent and tonic properties.
- Bark yields ceryl alcohol, friedelin, lupeol, betulinic acid and diosgenin.
- It is useful in disorders of urinary organs, urinary tract infections, pain and burning micturition, renal and vesical calculi.
- A postal stamp was issued by the Indian Postal Department to commemorate this tree.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Downy mildew, rust, and powdery mildew can also affect the plants. If fungal diseases are spotted early, spray with a general garden fungicide.
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