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Description for Gardenia gummifera
Native to India, Gummy gardenia is a small tree which grows up to 3 meters. Gardenia is a genus of about 250 species of flowering plants. They are evergreen shrubs and small trees growing to 1 to 15 m tall. The leaves are opposite or in whorls of three or four, dark green and glossy with a leathery texture.
The flowers are solitary or in small clusters, white or pale yellow, with a tubular-based corolla. The gum-resin obtained from the leaf buds is used in the treatment of cutaneous diseases. The tree is the source of a resin called Dikkamaly resin.
The leaf buds yield a transparent, bright yellow gum-resin. It is used to keep off flies and worms. The gum powder mixed with honey is used to massage the gums in teething troubles. It is also an effective painkiller, antiseptic as well as a wound healer, used in the dental arches and infections.
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