Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Exacum bicolor

Botanical name : Exacum bicolor Roxb.
Family : Gentianaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Akshipushpi.

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English :
Hindi :
Malayalam : Kannanthali

Distribution – Growing naturally in rocky grasslands of Kerala.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
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.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
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.

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