Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Gloriossa superb

Botanical name : Gloriossa superba Linn.
Family : Liliaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Langali, Sakrapuspika, Agnishikha

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta
Guna : Guru, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Climbing lily, Malabar glory lily
Hindi : Kalihari, Kaliyari, Languli
Malayalam : Menthoni, Mentoni, Kanthal

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in moist forests

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A soft, perennial tendril climber with underground white cylindrical rhyzome. Leaves simple, subsessile, alternate, lanceolate, with acuminate tips, extended to tendrils. Flowers handsome, solitary, first yellow colored then changes to scarlet red. Fruits oblong capsules, with many small round seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, indigestion, fever, arthritis, obstructed labor, cardio-myopathy, skin diseases, in higher dose or without purification, it is highly poisonous.
Useful part : Rhizome.

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