Feb 12, 2014
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Family ► Zygophyllaceae.

Habitat ► Arid and sandy tracts of Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Folk ► Alethi (Punjab), Lunio, Lunwaa (Rajasthan).

Action ► Leaves and seeds—an infusion is applied to the eyes in ophthalmia and glucoma. Seeds— anthelmintic.

An acylated glycoside was isolated from aerial parts. Isorhamnetin, its 3-O-glucoside, kaempferol-3-O- rutinoside, sitosterol glucoside and quinovic acid-3 alpha-L-rhamnoside were present in the herb.

An infusion of the leaves acts as a skin cleanser. The plant contains free ascorbic acid. The leaves and fruits contain kaempferol; quercetin (0.10 mg/g dry weight) is present in fruits.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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