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Ambroma augusta
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Update time: 2010-07-29
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Devill's cotton (Ambroma augusta)
Abroma augusta, or Devil's Cotton, is an evergreen tree native from Asia to Australia. This tree is a member of Sterculiaceae plant family.

This is a tree growing to a height of about 3 to 4 meters. The leaves are repand, narrow and entire. The flowers are 5 cm. in diameter. The sepals are lanceolate. The petals re 5 and purple to dark red, concave, and prolonged above into a large spoon shaped lamina. The capsules are memebraneous. The seeds are many. The flowering season is July to August.

Medicinally the bark and the root are used. It is an uterine stimulant, produces an even menstrual flow and decreases pain in menstruation, the condition known as dysmenorrheal.

The decoction, powdered root or distilled water of the same is effective in diseases women suffer from, especially in cases where women have pain before or during the menstrual period. A decoction of Abroma Augusta will bring about clear menses without any pain; not only that, the menstrual period will also be regulated.

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