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Family ► Acanthaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India as a weed in moist places.

Ayurvedic ► Parpata (substitute).

Siddha/Tamil ► Kodaga-saleh.

Folk ► Kharmor.

Action ► Herb—vermifuge, diuretic; dried and pulverized herb is used for cough and fever. Fresh, bruised leaves, mixed with castor oil, are applied to scalp to cure tinea capitis (a scaly fungoid infection).

The flavonoid pigments in ivory- white and pale yellow flowers (the plant also bears blue and pink flowers) showed the presence of luteolin and chrysoerial (3′-O-methyl luteolin) and their glucosides. Deep yellow flowers contain isosalipurposide; the bluish pink flowers showed presence of delphinidin-3,5-diglucoside.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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