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Lactuca serriola - Kahu

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Lactuca serriola, prickly lettuce

Lactuca serriola is an annual or biennial plant in the dandelion tribe within the daisy family. It has a slightly fetid odor and is commonly considered a weed of orchards, roadsides and field crops. Lactuca serriola is known as the compass plant because in the Sun the upper leaves twist round to hold their margins upright.Western ghats

Uses

Cardiac paralysis, Chronic catarrh, Cough, Swollen liver, Flatulence, Urinary tract infection, Ailments.

Parts Used

Leaves.

Chemical Composition

Acetylcholine chloride, atropine sulfate, carbachol, dicyclomine, dimethylsulfoxide, ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid, glucose[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada
Hindi
Malayalam
Tamil
Telugu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit
English Wild Lettuce, Lettuce Opium


Properties

Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.

Dravya

Rasa

Guna

Veerya

Vipaka

Karma

Prabhava

Habit

Herb

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Simple lobed or unlobed but not separated into leaflets and Leaf arrangement is alternate

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Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 2-4cm long blue to purple, and yellow 5-20 the flower head has ray flowers only, meaning all of the individual flowers of the flower head have a strap-shaped ray

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Simple 7–10 at least a part of the plume is made up of fine bristles Tuft or plume on fruit many {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds.

How to plant/cultivate

Prefers a light sandy loam in a sunny position. Germination is faily quick.[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Roadsides, Waste places.

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