Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Curculigo orchioides

Botanical name : Curculigo orchioides Gaertn.
Family : Amaryllidaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Musali, Talamooli, Talamoolika, Hamsapadi, Deerkhakandika

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura, Tikta
Guna : Guru
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka : Madhura

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Black musali
Hindi : Musali, Kali musali
Malayalam : Nilappana, Nelpana

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild up to 1250 m elevation.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial herb with tuberous roots. Leaves simple, crowded in the base, short petioled, long, acute, lanceolate, often produce buds from the tip when it contact with the wet soil. Flowers bright yellow, fruits capsule, 1-4 seeded; seeds black and oblong.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, vata, leucorrhoea, sexual weakness, skin disease, diarrhea, colic, vomiting and jaundice.
Useful part : Tuberous root

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