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HOLOSTEMMA ANNULARIS

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(Roxb.) K. Schum.

Synonym ► H. ada-kodien Schult. H. rheedii Wall. Asclepias annularis Roxb.

Family ► Asclepiadaceae.

Habitat ► Tropical Himalayas and Western Peninsula. Cultivated in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu.

Ayurvedic ► Ark-pushpi.

Siddha/Tamil ► Palay-keerai.

Action ► Roots—used in orchitis, spermatorrhoea, also as laxative. Roots are used as Jivanti in Kerala (See also Leptadenia reticulata.)

The tubers contain protein (5.510%). It gave alpha-amyrin, lupeol and beta-sitosterol. Aspartic acid, glycine, serine, threonine and valine were detected chromatographically.

The bark gave alpha-amyrin, lupeol and beta-sitosterol.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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