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Cissampelos pareira L.

Menispermaceae.
Local Name:
Poshgar.
Synonym:
Habit and Habitat:
A hairy, slender climber, found in sub-tropical and temperate zones.
Taxonomic Features:
Leaves simple, peltate, base cordate, hairy on both sides. Male flower in pedunculate cymes. Female flower clustered on 5-10cm long racemes. Flower minute. Fruit a drupe, red when fresh, become black on ripening. Seed horseshoe-shaped.
Flowering and Fruiting:
May-August.
Harvesting Time:
June-December.
Medicinal Value:
Locally dried root powder is used as aphrodisiac, expectorant and digestive.
Part Used:
Root.
Occurrence:
Very common.
Future Perspective:
Collection, Drying, Packing, Herbal Pharmacy.
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