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Asystasia gangetica - Lavana valli

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Lavana-valli, Asystasia gangetica

Lavana-valli is a perennial plant with weak stems 1 metre or more long which sprawl along the ground unless they find something to support them. The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is sometimes sold in local markets during the rainy season. It is often cultivated as an ornamental and ground cover plant in tropical and subtropical areas.


Asthma, Inflammation, Rheumatism, Intestinal worms, Pain in delivery [1]

Parts Used

Leaves, Flowers

Chemical Composition

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada lavangavalli, maithaala kaddi, medde soppu
Malayalam valli-upu-dali
Tamil aanaikundrimani, anai kundumani
Telugu mukka mungera, poda beera, tappeta, venna kattethige
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit lavana-valli
English Chinese Violet



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












Kind Shape Feature
Simple Opposite Leaves opposite decussate, 3.5-5.5 x 2.5-4.5 cm, ovate deltoid, sub-cordate to cordate at base, acute or rarely obtuse at apex, entire, adpressed puberulent above, pale and tomentose beneath; lateral veins 6- 8 pairs; petiole 1-2 cm long, densely adpressed puberulent



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual 7 - 8 flowered spike like raceme Pale yellow or white 4 rachis 5-14 cm long; bracts and bracteoles c. 1.5 cm long, green, linear, acute, pubescent, persistent. Calyx divided to the base or nearly so, lobes 5, linear-lanceolate, 6-.8 mm long, acute, densely pubescent on both surface. Corolla tube funnel- shaped, 3-3.2 cm long, pubescent, limb 3.5-4 cm across, moderate yellow or white, lobes 5, rounded. Stamens 4, didynamous, included, filaments 6-8 mm long, with few small hairs, connate at the base in pairs; anthers oblong, 2-3 mm long, muticous. Ovary c. 2 cm long, pubescent, 2 celled, ovules 2 in each cell; style linear, 1.5-1.8 cm long, basal portion hairy; stigma 2-fid or subcapitate.


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
A capsule 2.7-3 x 0.3-0.4 cm densely pubescent, opening widely in a reflexed curve seeds 4, 3-4 mm across, compressed angular, orbicular, wrinkled sub-tuberculate, rugose with double dentate margin. {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Seeds readily sprout, as do cuttings.

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area, Sub tropical area

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