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Challaha Kafal.

Phytolacca latbenia (Moq.) H. Walter
Synonym:
Phytolacca acinosa Roxb.
Plant Family:
Phytolaccaceae.
Habit & Habitat:
A perennial, very poisonous herb, up to 1-2 m tall, found in sub-alpine and alpine zones.
Plant Description:
Stem hollow. Leaves simple, lanceolate-ovate, dark green. Inflorescence a peduncled raceme. Flower actinomorphic, greenish and bracteate. Fruit a cluster of berries, green become dark-purple on ripening. Seed compressed, black and glabrous.
Flowering and Fruiting:
July- October.
Harvesting Time:
September-November.
Medicinal Value:
Externally paste of whole plant soothes arthritis, kills germs and leaves treats fungal infection.[5] Half boiled leaves create mental uneasiness but long boiled can be used as vegetable.
Part Used:
Leaf and root.
Occurrence:
Common at high altitudes.
Future Perspective:
Conservation, Chemical analysis, Herbal Pharmacy, Allopathic Pharmacy.
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