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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. The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. 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

Volatile oils from aerial, seed and root parts of Asystasia gangetica (L) were analyzed for their constituents by means of gas chromatography and gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada ಮೈತಳ ಕಡ್ಡಿ Maithala kaddi, ಮೈತ್ತ ಬಳ್ಳಿ Maitta balli
Hindi NA
Malayalam Valliupudali
Tamil Aanaikundrimani, Anai kundumani
Telugu Mukka mungera, Poda beera, Tappeta, Venna kattethige
Marathi Lavana valli
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Lavanavalli
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.


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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