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Commelina benghalensis is a herbaceous perennial plant. The plant can become annual in areas with colder winters or long dry seasons.
- 1 Uses
- 2 Parts Used
- 3 Chemical Composition
- 4 Common names
- 5 Properties
- 6 Habit
- 7 Identification
- 8 List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
- 9 Where to get the saplings
- 10 Mode of Propagation
- 11 Cultivation Details
- 12 Commonly seen growing in areas
- 13 Photo Gallery
- 14 References
- 15 External Links
Commelina benghalensis can be used in Food. Fleshy rhizomes are source of starch. Tender leaves are cooked as vegetable. Bhaji (Pakoda) is one of the famous preparation of Commelina leaves. As a ritual, bhaji are made on one of the Saturdays of Shravan in some parts of northern region of Western Ghats.
Phytochemicals are present in plant have healing properties. C. diffusa contain minerals, vitamins, alkaloids, saponins, phenols, tannins, phytosterols, triterpens, terpenoids as secondary metabolites. Plants produce diverse array of low molecular weight products. These phytochemicals are responsible for pharma industry and at higher concentration toxic to animals. 
|Kannada||ಗುಬ್ಬಚ್ಚಿ ಬಾಳೆ Gubbachchi bale, ಗುಬ್ಬಚ್ಚಿ ಬಸಳೆ Gubbachchi basale|
|Telugu||Amruta kaada, Neerukaassuvu|
|English||Bengal dayflower, Fire leaf|
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
Commelina benghalensis Contains the Following nutritional components like - Vitamin-B2, B3 and C; Calcium, Copper, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc.
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Flowering from June to December|
|Fruiting from June to December|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
Commonly seen growing in areas
- Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2 by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No. 159
- "Forest food for Northern region of Western Ghats" by Dr. Mandar N. Datar and Dr. Anuradha S. Upadhye, Page No.60, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune
- Journal paper Phytochemical analysis of Commelina diffusa by Malarvizhi D, Karthikeyan AVP, Sudan I and Satheeshkumar R
- Common names