Bark Sample - Terminalia arjuna (Combretaceae), India, 1880s Object Reg. No: HT 11519

Sample of Terminalia arjuna (Combretaceae) bark. This was collected and prepared by T.N.Mukharji as part of his work for the Indian Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the Museum by the Indian Government, Calcutta in 1887. Terminalia arjuna is a medicinal plant widely used by Ayurvedic (Ancient Indian Science of Healing) physicians for its curative properties in organic/functional heart problems including angina, hypertension and deposits in arteries. According to Ayurvedic texts it also very useful in the treatment of any sort of pain due a fall, ecchymosis, spermatorrhoea and sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhoea.
Two pieces of dried bark housed in a plastic bag. A Museum label is included in the bag, on which the name of the specimen and collection are handwritten in black ink.
Acquisition Information:
Collected from T. Mukharji
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: combretum family combretaceae, medicinal plants
Themes this item is part of: Botanical Fortunes: T.N. Mukharji, International Exhibitions & Trade Between India & Australia, T.N. Mukharji Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: ECONOMIC BOTANY
Secondary Classification: Medicinals & Drugs
Tertiary Classification: medicinals
Inscriptions: Handwritten: "1887 T.N. Mukharji collection / Medicinal products / case XXXVII No. 10 / Bark of Terminalia ajuna, Bedd / Comboetaceae (sic)"
Collector: T. Mukharji, India, pre 1887

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