Commonly known as the Portia Tree, it is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is a small tree or arborescent shrub that has a pantropical distribution, found on coasts around the world. However, the Portia Tree is probably native only to the Old World and may have originated in India. Its name is ultimately derived from the Puvarasu (Tamil) – the wood from the tree was used by early Tamil people to make instruments in ancient Tamilakam.
Medicinal: Anti-microbial properties