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Calendula arvensis L.

Asteraceae.
Local Name:
Gul-e-Ashrafi Dasi.
Synonym:
Habit and Habitat:
A branched leafy low growing annual herb, up to 50cm tall, found in sub-tropical zone.
Taxonomic Features:
Leaves simple, lanceolate, rough, alternate and hairy. Inflorescence a capitulum, terminal. Flower 1-3cm in diameter, heterogamous, orange-yellow. Ray and disc florets are orange-yellow. Fruit an achene, curved.
Flowering and Fruiting:
March- April.
Harvesting Time:
March-May.
Medicinal Value:
It treats ulcers and stimulates bile flow, useful in face creams, oil treats skin problems. [5] It has antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Locally dry powder is used in wound healing and athlete's foot disease.
Part Used:
Whole plant.
Occurrence:
Uncommon.
Future Perspective:
Conservation, Cultivation, Cosmetic, Herbal Pharmacy.
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