The Rubiaceous plant, which contains minerals that make it useful in many ailments, is used in Indian medicinal plants for treating and treating illnesses.
According to the National Green Tribunal, the plant has medicinal properties in the treatment of ailments such as rheumatism, gout, arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The plant also contains an active ingredient called citronellal, which helps in the removal of toxins.
The government had earlier approved the cultivation of two Rubiacea varieties, but now it wants to make it a national medicinal plant.
The government had said it wanted to start cultivation in July 2017.
The National Green Commission for Health and Family Welfare, which oversees the cultivation and production of the plant, said it would also issue a licence for cultivation of one more Rubiacere species.
However, the government has not given any specific date when the cultivation plan would be finalised.
The NGT had last month directed the Centre to set up a central agency to oversee cultivation of the plants.
The plant is native to India, but it was brought to the region by the Portuguese explorer Pedro Cabot de Sousa in 1523.
The indigenous plants were used by Portuguese missionaries during the Spanish period to cure rheumatic fever.
The plants were also used in the Indian medicinal tradition to treat ailments such, gouts, arthritis and rhabdomyolysis.
In the 15th century, Portuguese missionaries brought the plants to Spain, but after the Portuguese took over the country, the plants were destroyed.
In India, the Rubia genus is widely used as a medicinal plant to treat conditions including rheumaemia, rheuatism, rhabdosis, and asthma.
The Rubia species was introduced to India in the 19th century by Portuguese colonial rulers.