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Drimia indica - Kolakanda

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Kolakanda, Drimia indica

Kolakanda is a bulbous perennial plant with delicate maroonish pendant flowers that bloom from leafless bulbs during the summer. The strap shaped leaves appear in the rainy season. The bulb is eaten by locals. Kolakanda is found throughout India in stony or gravelly substrate.

Uses

Skin diseases, Cold, Cough, Difficulty in micturition, Cardiac problems, Intestinal worms [1]

Parts Used

Rhizome

Chemical Composition

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada kaadu bellulli, naayiulli, seeme nari eerulliadavi-irulli, bheemana ulli
Hindi ban piaz, jangli piaz, janglikanda
Malayalam kanthanga, kattulli
Tamil ciruvenkayam, kaattu vengayam, kakunarakavulli, kattuvengayam
Telugu adavithellagadda, kaazagadda, nakka-vulli-gadda
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit asmantaka, kolakanda, krimighna, panjalaputakanda, putalu, suputa, vana-palandam
English

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Properties

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

Dravya

Rasa

Tikta (Bitter), Katu (Pungent)

Guna

Laghu (Light), , Teekshna (Strong)

Veerya

Ushna (Hot)

Vipaka

Karma

Vata

Prabhava

Habit

Herb

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Simple Rosette Bulbous, scapigerous herbs; bulbs tunicated, 3.5-6 x 2.5-6.5 cm, globose-conical. Leaves radical with sheathing base, 13-25 x 0.6-2.5 cm, linear, lanceolate or lorate.

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Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Scape Purplish brown 6 Scapes 17-45 cm tall, erect, purpish brown, 4-15-flowered. Flowers 0.8-1.2 cm long, c. 1 cm across, reddish green or dull green, campanulate; pedicels 2-3.5 cm long, curved, drooping; bracts 1-2 mm, deltoid. Perianth 3+3, subequal, 0.8-1 x 0.3-0.4 cm, linear-oblong, subacute, reflexed, free to the base. Stamens 6; filaments c. 3 mm long, adnate to the base of the perianth segments; anthers 1.5-2 mm long, linear, yellow, base auricled. Ovary 3.5-5 x 2-3 mm, oblong or ovoid; style obconic to narrowly elongate; stigma trilobed.

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
A capsule 10-20 x 5-10 mm brownish yellow Seeds 4-10 in each cell, 4-7 x 3-4 mm, winged. {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Bulbs.

How to plant/cultivate

Season to grow

Soil type

Propagation

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area

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