Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Parmelia perlata

Botanical name : Parmelia perlata (Huds.) Ach.
Family : Parmeliaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Saileyam, Silapushpa

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Stone flower, Litho lichen
Hindi : Chadeela, Pathar ka phool
Malayalam : Cheleyam, Kalpoov

Distribution – Throughout India, in rocky areas, old tree trunks.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A lichen growing on the substratum in irregular fashion. It is composed of a symbiotic colony of fungi and alga. Reproduction by spores, dispersed by wind.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, wounds, infections, inflammation, skin diseases, diarrhea, dysentery, cough, fever and renal calculi.
Useful part : Whole lichen

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