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Masloon.

Bistorta amplexicaulis (D. Done) Green
Synonym:
Plant Family:
Polygonaceae.
Habit & Habitat:
A slender, erect perennial herb with woody base and stout rhizome, up to 70cm tall, found in temperate, sub-alpine and alpine zones.
Plant Description:
Leaves simple, ovate-lanceolate with cordate base,sheathing, entireand acuminate. Lower leaf long stalked, blade minutely toothed. Inflorescence terminal spike,dense, 5-10 cm long, usually solitary, sometimes branched. Flower, pink, red or white, 3-6mm long. Tepal lanceolate to ovate, entire. Fruit a nut, dark-brown to black, shining.
Flowering and Fruiting:
June-September.
Harvesting Time:
September-December.
Medicinal Value:
Locally used as a tea and tonic, useful in dysentery, rheumatism, backache, ulcer, bleeding gums, diarrhea. Dried rhizome is used for making tea. The decoction (10ml) of rhizome is taken thrice a day for treatment of rheumatic pains, backache, fever and flu.
Part Used:
Rhizome.
Occurrence:
Commonat high altitudes.
Future Perspective:
Conservation, Collection, Cultivation, Drying, Packing, Herbal Pharmacy, Allopathic Pharmacy.
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