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Habitat ► Native to South America, particularly its north-western parts. Also cultivated in India.

English ► Egyptian Cotton, Sea- Island Cotton.

Ayurvedic ► Kaarpaasa.

Siddha/Tamil ► Semparutthi.

Folk ► Kapaasa.

Action ► Root—emmenagogue, oxytocic, abortifacient, parturient, lactagogue. Seed and leaf— antidysenteric. Seed—galacto- gogue, pectoral, febrifuge. Seed oil—used externally for clearing spots and freckles from the skin. Leaf—hypotensive, an- tirheumatic. Flower—used in hypochondriasis and bronchial inflammations.

The seed contains 26.2-27.9% protein; 1.22-2.42 free gossypol.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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