Valampurikai 200gm



Botanical Name: Helicteres isora

Common name: East-Indian screw tree, Nut-leaved screw tree

Hindi: Maror phali

Kannada: Yedmuri

Telugu: Valambiri

Tamil: Vadampiri


East-Indian screw tree is a sub-deciduous shrub or small tree with grey coloured bark. Leaves simple, serrate margin, scabrous above and pubescent beneath. Flowers solitary or in sparse clusters, with red petals turning pale blue when old. Fruits greenish brown, beaked, cylindrical, spirally twisted on ripening. The twisted shape of the fruit is what lends most of it names like screw tree and maror phalli.


  • It is a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants of therapeutic importance
  • It is used as a Anti-biotic and antimicrobial properties.
  • Fried pods are given to children to kill intestinal worms.
  • Root juice is used in antidiarrhoeal and antidysenteric formulations.