Nasturtium officinale W.T. Aiton
Plant Family:
Habit & Habitat:
A perennial, rhizomatous, branched, aquatic herb, found in sub-tropical and temperate zones.
Plant Description:
Leaves compound, lyrate-pinnate, lower stalked with 1-5 leaflets, upper sessile with 5-9 leaflets. Inflorescence a raceme, 10-25 flowered. Flower actinomorphic, small, white, 4mm across. Sepals 2mm long. Petals-4, cruciform, 15-30 per raceme. Fruit a siliquae, sub cylindrical, oblong. Seed many, ovoid.
Flowering and Fruiting:
Harvesting Time:
June- September.
Medicinal Value:
Useful in asthma, piles, skin disorders and thyroid gland disorders. [3] It cleans blood and a folk treatment for tuberculosis and internal tumors. [4] [5]Locally a cup of its fresh juice with a teaspoon of lemon juice with common salt is useful in anemia, as a body tonic.
Part Used:
Whole plant.
Future Perspective:
Collection, Drying, Packing, Herbal Pharmacy, Food Industry.
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