Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sauropus sanguinaea

Botanical name : Sauropus sanguinaea Linn.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Svadutandula
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya, Madhura
Guna : Guru
Virya : Seeta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Tropical asparagus, Chekkurmanis
Hindi :
Malayalam : Madhuracheera, Velichera
Distribution – Native of Malaysia imported to India. Cultivated as hedge plant throughout India
PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial dense foliaged evergreen shrub grows up to 2 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, lanceolate, acute, with grayish mark on upper side. Flowers greenish, arises from the leaf axils. Fruits greenish white, globose with 4 distinct chambers. Each chamber bears single angular seed.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
This plant is used widely as a vegetable. Recent studies reveal that the plant contains a toxic alkaloid that may affect the lung causing Rapid progressive lung disease. This plant is not mentioned in ayurvedic classics.
Useful part : Root, Fruit, Leaves.

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