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PISTIA STRATIOTES

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Linn. var. cuneata Engl.

Family ► Araceae.

Habitat ► Tropical and sub-tropical Asia, Africa and America.

English ► Water Lettuce, Tropical Duckweed.

Ayurvedic ► Jalakumbhi, Vaariparni, Vaarimuuli.

Siddha/Tamil ► Agasatamarai.

Action ► Whole plant and root— diuretic, used for dysuria. Leaf—an- titussive, demulcent, antidysenteric, externally applied to haemorrhoids, ulcers, skin diseases. Ash—applied to ringworm of the scalp.

The plant gave 2-di-C-glycosylfla- vones of vicenin and lucenin type, anthocyanin-cyanidin-3-glucoside, lu- teolin-7-glycoside and mono-C-glyco- sylflavones— vitexin and orientin.

Dosage ► Plant—10-20 ml juice. (CCRAS.)

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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