Perandai

  • Known as: Asthisamharaka
  • Scientific name: Cissus quadrangularis
  • Place of origin: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh.
  • Description: Perennial plant of the grape family that grows to a height of 1.5m. Branches have quadrangular sections and toothed trilobe leaves at one side of the nodes on the stem and tendrils emerging from the opposite side of the same node. White, yellow or greenish flowers appear in racemes  which turn into red globular berries.
  • Grow best: In pots and as a creeper outdoors in bright sun light in well-drained soil and adequate watering.
  • Use: As an ornamental creeper and in Ayurveda to treat bone ailments like fractures, stomach ailments and even for deworming in children. Asthisamharaka means that which prevents destruction of bones.