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Abies webbiana Lindl
  • Family : Pinaceae
  • Synonym : Abies spectabilis
  • English : East Himalayan silver fir
  • Hindi : Talisapatra, Talishpatri
  • Gujarati : Talishapatra
  • Sanskrit : Talisham, Talisapatram, Dhatipatra, Shukodar

  • Part used: Leaves      

Botanical Description: A very tall evergreen tree attaining a height of 60m with strong horizontally spreading brannches young shoots covered with short brown hair; leaves are simple, densely covering the twigs spreading in all directions, but more or less distichous when the twigs are viewed from below, each leaf 1.5-2.3cm long; the cones are bluish in colour and seeds are winged. Flowering and fruiting mainly during November to June. They are found in the upper Himalayan tracts, Sikkim, Bhutan etc.

Ayurvedic Properties and Uses:

  • Rasa : Madhura, Katu, Tikta
  • Guna : Laghu, Tiksna
  • Virya : Usna
  • Vipaka : Katu
  • Karma : Dipan, Hridya, Vatakaphanasak

Modern Pharmacological Action: The leaves of this plant have been traditionally used for their carminative, stomachic, expectorant, decongestant, antiseptic, astringent, antihyperglycemic,  female antifertlity, febrifuge and anti-spasmodic properties. The decoctions of the leaves are useful orally in cases of cough, phthisis, asthma, chronic bronchitis and catarrh of the bladder and other pulmonary infections. Furthermore, leaves of the plant have been used traditionally for its chemotherapeutic efficacies in several ailments like rheumatism, hoarseness, chronic bronchitis and other pulmonary infections.