Securinega leucopyrus

Securinega leucopyrus (Willd.) Muell. – Arg. (EUPHORBIACEAE)
Common names

 Kannada: Bili sooli gida, Sooli.
Malayalam: Perinklavu
Sanskrit: Nilishila.
Tamil: Pulanji.
Telugu: Tella purugudu.

Description:  Erect, rigid, much branched shrubs up to 5 m tall; branchlets angular, slender, usually ending in sharp spines. Leaves alternate, obovate to elliptic, up to 2.5 x 1.5 cm, acute or cuneate at base, emarginated at apex. Male flowers in axillary fascicles, greenish yellow; female solitary. Perianth lobes 5. Stamens 5, free. Disc of 5 glands alternating with the stamens. Pistilode 3-fid. Fruits globose, ca 5 mm across, 3-celled, white when ripe. Seeds trigonous, smooth, pale brown.

Flowering & Fruiting: May – September.

Distribution: India: Punjab, Rajasthan and Western Peninsula. Pakistan, Sri Lanka,Myanmar.

Uses: Juice or paste of leaves used along with tobacco to destroy worms in the sores.