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Safaid Pholi, Chitra.

Plumbago zeylanica L.
Synonym:
Plant Family:
Plumbaginaceae.
Habit & Habitat:
A branched, rambling shrub, found in sub-tropical zone.
Plant Description:
Leaves simple, ovate, pale yellow-green, 8cm long, 3cm broad, acute. Petiole with amplexicaul base. Inflorescence a branched spike. Flower actinomorphic, pentamerous, white. Calyx tubular with stipitate glands. Corolla limb rotate, tube larger than calyx length. Fruit a capsule. Seed reddish-brown to dark-brown.
Flowering and Fruiting:
April- September.
Harvesting Time:
May-December.
Medicinal Value:
Plant is acrid and stimulant, promotes salivation. A paste of this plant with salt and water used to treat ringworm, leprosy, scabies, baldness and leucoderma.[4] Decoction in oil treats stomach cancer.[5] Locally a massage with oil and powder is useful in rheumatism and paralysis. Crushed leaves are used in dyspepsia and piles.
Part Used:
Flower,leaf and root.
Occurrence:
Fairly common.
Future Perspective:
Conservation, Collection, Cultivation, Herbal Pharmacy, Allopathic Pharmacy.
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