Botanical name : Exacum bicolor Roxb.
Family : Gentianaceae
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Seeta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Malayalam : Kannanthali
Distribution – Growing naturally in rocky grasslands of Kerala.
An erect annual herb grows up to 60 cm in height. Leaves simple, opposite, corrugated, obtuse and scrubby on both surfaces. Flowers seen in long terminal panicles, with creamy colored petals marked with violet spot at the tip. Fruits small capsules, containing numerous small seeds.
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, inflammation, hemorrhage, fever and burning sensation. This plant is on the verge of extinction due to uncontrolled man made destructive activities.
Useful part : Whole plant.