Feb 12, 2014
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H. B. & K.

Synonym ► L. alba (Mill.) N.E.Br. L. javanica (Burm.f.) Spreng.

Family ► Verbenaceae.

Habitat ► Bihar and Orissa to Assam; Madhya Pradesh, Nilgiris and Anaimalais up to 900 m in wet places and river banks.

Folk ► Basula (Madhya Pradesh), Naagaa-aiari (Orissa).

Action ► Leaves—stomachic and nervine. Essential oil—fungitoxic.

The essential oil from leaves contains citral, neral and geranial. Diterpenes, d- and l-limonene, l-piperitone, geranial. Diterpenes, d-and l-limonene, l- piperitone, lippone, a saturated ketone, d-alpha-pinene, dl-dihydrocarvone, citral and camphor have been identified in different samples.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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