Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Crinum latifolium

Botanical name : Crinum latifolium Linn.
Family : Liliaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Chakrangi, Dodhyani, Maduparnika, Somavalli

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta, Kshara
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Wild onion
Hindi :
Malayalam : Kattulli, Valiya kattulli

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild, also cultivated in gardens.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A glabrous annual herb with perennial underground bulbs. Leaves simple, linear lanceolate, acute, lorate and crowded at the base. Flower terminal, whitish, and glabrous, seen on long terminal spikes. Fruits ovate and irregularly deciduous capsules. Underground bulbs are whitish or pale yellow, grows up to 15 cm in diameter.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, edema, earache, arthritis, callosity, hemorrhoids, and used as an emitting drug for children.
Useful part : Underground bulb.

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