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PHRAGMITES KARKA

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Trin. ex Steud.

Synonym ► P. roxburghii (Kunth) Steud.

P. maxima Blatter & McCann in Part.

Family ► Gramineae; Poaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India, in marshy places.

English ► Common Reed-grass.

Ayurvedic ► Nala. (Arundo donax Linn. is also equated with Nala.)

Siddha/Tamil ► Perunanal.

Folk ► Narakul.

Action ► Stem and rhizome— diuretic, diaphoretic. Used topically to relieve insect bite.

P. karka is not discriminated from P communis for medicinal uses in Indian medicine.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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