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Ammannia baccifera - Blistering ammannia

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Agnigarba, Ammannia baccifera

Ammannia baccifera is many-branched, annual herb. Usually grows upto 10 - 50cm tall. The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Uses

Skin diseases, Wounds, Swellings, Ringworms, Parasitic skin infection, Fevers, Malaria, Jaundice, Eliminate blood clots.

Parts Used

Young leaves.

Chemical Composition

Yielded four known compounds: β-sitosterol-3-O- β-glucopyranoside, quercctin-3-rutinoside (Rutin), kaempferol-3-O- β-glucopyranoside and quercetin-3-O-α-L-rhamnoside (Quercitrin).[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Kaadugida
Hindi Aginbuti
Malayalam Kallur vanchi
Tamil kall-uruvi
Telugu
Marathi
Gujarathi
Punjabi
Kashmiri
Sanskrit Agnigarbha
English Blistering Ammannia


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 Opposite Stem 4-angled or more or less winged. Leaves decussate, sessile, 2-6 x 0.5-0.8 cm, linear to elliptic, base attenuate, apex acute, chartaceous.

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Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Axillary cymes 4 Cymes dischasial, axillary. Flowers 4 or 5-merous, perigynous; pedicels c. 2 mm long. Calyx tube 1-2 mm long, campanulate; lobes 4, 1-1.5 mm long, triangular. Petals absent. Stamens 4; filaments c. 0.5 mm long. Ovary c. 1 mm in diam., globose, 4-5-locular; ovules many; stigma capitate.

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Capsule 1.5-2 mm across Globose, exceeding calyx tube Seeds brownish, concavo-convex

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

The plant is often found as a weed of cultivated land, especially wet sites such as rice fields.[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Open areas, Damp area, Waste places, Rice fields.

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