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Curculigo orchioides - Black Musli

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Talamuli, Curculigo orchioides

Talamuli is a tiny herb that can be seen in the rainy season. They are deep rooted plants with palm like lance shaped leaves and yellow star shaped flowers.


Piles, Biliousness, Fatigue, Blood related disorders, Bronchitis, Indigestion, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Lumbago, Gonorrhea, Ophthalmia, Gleet, Hydrophobia, Osteoporosis, Skin problems, Cold, Cough[1].

Parts Used

Leaves, Stem, Flowers, Roots[1].

Chemical Composition


Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Nela tengu, Nelathaale gadde, Thaala moolike
Hindi Kali-moosli, Kali-musli
Malayalam Nela-pana-kelangu, Nelappana-kizhanna, Nelppana, Nilappana
Tamil Nilappanang-kizhangu, Nilavilumi, Aiyancu, Aiyancukkilankutalamuli
Telugu Nela-tati-gaddalu, Nelaathadi
Marathi Bhuyimaddi, Kaalimusalee
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Arshoghni, Bhutali, Mausali, Musalirahi, Mushali, Talamuli, Vrishyakanda
English Black Musli



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



Madhura (Sweet), Tikta (Bitter)


Guru (Heavy), Snigdha (Slimy)


Ushna (Hot)



Vata, Pitta






Kind Shape Feature
Simple Rosette rhizome to 15 cm long, oblong, perennial. Leaves 10-15 x 2 cm, lanceolate, plicate, base sheathing, pilose, subsessile.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Solitary Yellow 6 Flowering and fruiting is from January to September


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Fruit baccate; seeds subglobose. {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used


Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Tuber segment

How to plant/cultivate

Tuber segments of 1.5–2 cm size, containing the apical bud, are collected during February–March and used for propagation. [5]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area

Photo Gallery


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.723, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  2. [Chemistry]
  3. Flowering plants of Kerals vesrion-2, N. Sasidharan
  4. Ayurvedic properties
  5. Cultivation details

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