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Kathra, Itsit.

Boerhavia procumbens Banks ex Roxb.
Synonym:
Plant Family:
Nyctaginaceae.
Habit & Habitat:
A prostrate, slender, glabrous spreading herb, common in sub-tropical zone.
Plant Description:
Stem and branches reddish. Leaves simple, ovate to oblong, margin wavy, whitish on undersurface. Inflorescence in axillary panicles. Flower pinkish-mauve, 3mm long. Fruit club like, 5-ribbed, glandular and papillose.
Flowering and Fruiting:
June-October.
Harvesting Time:
August-November.
Medicinal Value:
Useful in edema and liver disorders. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, cardio tonic, laxative, diuretic, analgesic and expectorant properties. [1][15] Locally decoction of root is used in anuria (urine retention).
Part Used:
Root.
Occurrence:
Very common.
Future Perspective:
Collection, Drying, Packing, Herbal Pharmacy, Allopathic Pharmacy.
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