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ZEHNERIA UMBELLATA

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Synonym ► Melothria heterophylla (Lour.) Cogn.

Solena heterophylla (Lour.) Cogn.

Family ► Cucurbitaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India ascending up to 2,100 m.

Siddha/Tamil ► Pulivanji.

Folk ► Tarali. Gometi (Maharashtra). Banakakaraa (Punjab). Kudri (Bengal).

Action ► Root—used for dysuria and spermatorrhoea. Leaves— topically applied to skin inflammation.

The seed contains linolenic and oleic acids; the root gave columbin.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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