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EXACUM BICOLOR

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Roxb.

Synonym ► E. tetragonum Roxb. E. perrottetii Griseb.

Family ► Gentianaceae.

Habitat ► Upper Gangetic plains and tropical Himalaya, also in South India.

Ayurvedic ► Ava-chiraayataa (bigger var. of chiraayataa).

Folk ► Titakhana, Uudakiraayita (Maharashtra).

Action ► Stomachic,febrifuge, antifungal, bitter tonic.

The leaves gave apigenin, luteolin, vanillic, p-hydroxybenzoic, protocate- chuic and p-coumaric acids.

A related species. Exacum pedun- culatum L., found throughout India, ascending up to 1,000 m, is also used as a substitute for Swertia chirayita and Gentiana lutea. Pounded plant is applied externally in rheumatism and gout. It also gave luteolin, diosmetin and phenolic acids.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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