Balanites aegyptiaca

Botanical Name Balanites aegyptiaca
Common Name Hingota
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Sapindales
Family: Zygophyllaceae
Genus: Balanites
Species: aegyptiaca
Part used Fruits, seeds, leaves, bark and root.
Medicinal Properties Anthelmintic, cathartic, expectorant, antibacterial, antifunggal and purgative
Medicinal Use Useful in burns, cough, colic, headache and to improve lactation. It is purgative and anthelmintic and also fixes nitrogen.
ChemistrySapogenins, diosgenin and yamogenin
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatPlanted in various type of soil types, it varries from sand to heavy clay and also grows in various climatic moisture levels, from arid to subhumid.
DescriptionIt is a herb. Armed deciduous, bushy shrub or small tree and height of about 2 to 4 meters. The leaves are 2 foliate, petiolate. The leaflets are elliptical. The flowers are pale greenish. The flowering season is July to December.