Saturday, September 5, 2009

Selaginella rupestris Spring

Botanical name : Selaginella rupestris Spring.
Family : Selaginellaceae
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Amritachada, Garudi, Sarpadani
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Resurrection plant
Hindi : Garudi
Malayalam : Garudapacha
Distribution – In dense wet evergreen forests of Western Ghats, grows attached with stones near streams.
PLANT DESCRIPTION
A small herb grows up to 20 cm in height. Leaves compound, leaflets very small, up to 30 in numbers per leaf, ovate and acute; flowers solitary and sterile.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, skin diseases, snake poison, traumatic edema and general debility.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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