Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Botanical name : Argemone mexicana Linn.
Family : Papaveraceae
Haimavathi, Brahmadanthi, Patuparnee, Peethadugdha
Rasa : Katu, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Mexican poppy, Prickly poppy
Hindi : Pharangi dattura, Bhatbhamt
Malayalam : Erumakkalli, Kantankathiri, Ponnummath
A strong branched prickly annual, 60-90 cm in height with yellow latex; leaves simple, sessile and spiny. Flowers large, bright yellow, terminal on the short leafy branches; fruits prickly capsules, oblong-ovoid, opening by 4-6 valves; seeds numerous.
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, guinea-worm infestation, skin diseases, itching, inflammations, all types of poisoning, constipation, flatulence, colic, malarial fever and vesicular calculus, In higher dose, plant is toxic
Useful part : Whole plant