Hriber Plant

 Botanical Name :  Pavonia odorata

·        Classification:

§  According To Modern

o   Kingdom – Plantae

o   Order –       Malvales

o   Family     –  Malvaceae

§  According To Ayurveda

  • Charak- Trisna Nigrahana Varga

Dahaprasamana Varga

  • Sushruta- Pitta Samsamana Varga
  • Bhavprakash- Karpuradi Varga

§  Other Names :

Fragrant Swamp Mallow,


Fragrant Pavonia

 • Hindi            : Sugandhabala

 • Marathi       : Sugandhabala, Kalavala

 • Tamil           : Peramutti, Avibattam

 • Malayalam : Iruveli, Kuruntotti

 • Telugu         : Chittibenda, Ettakuti

 • Kannada     : Balarakshi gida

 • Gujarati      : Kalowalo

 • Sanskrit      : Udichya, Varinamaka,

Hribera, Valaka

  • General Information :

Habit – hribera is growing commonly in Northwestern region of india.

Difference species :

Pavonia Arabia

Pavonia fruticosa

Pavonia paniculata

Pavonia urens

Habit- an erect branching annual, grows up to 90 cm in height. Stem- covered with soft viscous pubescence and a few longer hairs, Leaves- Leaves are 2.5 to 7.5 cm long , roundish, ovate, cordate, shallowly 3 to 5 lobed, dentate, stellate hairs are present on both the surfaces. Lower petioles are longer than the  blades., Peduncles are  longer than the blades.

Peduncles are as long as the leaves, single flowered seen at the ends of branches. Flowers  are pink or white  in color. Fruit- Dehiscent wingless and unarmed.

  • Properties (Gunadharma)
    • Rasa- Tikta, kasaya, Madhura
    • Vipak- Madhura
    • Virya- Sheet
    • Guna-laghu, Ruksa


  • Specific Parts
  • Root
  • Doshaghnata


  • Benefits

Atisara (Diarrhoea)

Water processed with hribera (Pavonia odorata) and sringavera (Zingiber officinale ) is given for drinking  in case of Atisara (Diarrhoea).

Madatyayajanya Trisna (Alcoholic thirst)

In case of excessive thirst originated because of alcoholism the water processed with heribera (Pavonia Odorata) is much beneficial.

  • Formulation (Kalp)

Hriberapanak, Bhaisahjyapanak


  • Dosage

Choorna – 3 to 4 g

Phanta – 40 to 80 ml


  • Research Corner

The essential oil from the rhizomes of Pavonia odorata Wild was extracted in an yield of 0.2% by hydrodistillation and screened for antibacterial and antifungal activity against ten bacteria and thirteen fungi using paper disc agar diffusion technique. The oil was found  to inhibit the growth of Staphylococus  aureus , Diplococcus pneumonia, Escherichia coli, and klebsiella sp at 0.55 concentration. The oil was also found to in habit the growth of kerationophilic fungi, trichophyton mentagreophytes and Chrysosporium indicum along with As – pergilus sp.

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