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Leucas aspera - Dronapushpi
Dronapushpi is a species within the Leucas genus and the Lamiaceae family. Leucas aspera is commonly found throughout India and the Philippines as well as the plains of Mauritius and Java. In India and the Philippines Leucas aspera is a very common weed.
- 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 How to plant/cultivate
- 12 Commonly seen growing in areas
- 13 Photo Gallery
- 14 References
- 15 External Links
Leucas aspera can be used in Food. Leaves are cooked as vegetable and seeds eaten raw. Seeds also yield an oil which is used for cooking.
Preliminary chemical examination of L aspera revealed presence of triterpenoids in entire plant. Whole plant is reported to contain oleanolic acid, ursolic acid and 3-sitosterol. Aerial parts are reported to contain nicotine, sterols.
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
Ruksha (Dry), Guru (Heavy)
Madhura (Sweet), Katu (Pungent)
Leucas aspera Contains the Following nutritional components like - Vitamin-C; Alkaloids; Flavanoids; Terpenoids; Tannins; Saponins; Kaempferol, Glycosides; Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc
|Simple||Opposite-decussate||Leaf Shape is Linear-lanceolate and Leaf Apex Acute|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Bisexual||2-4cm long||White with nectaries||5||In terminal or axillary verticils. Flowering from November-February|
|Nutlet||Erect||A subtrigonous nutlet, erect, basilar||With hooked hairs||Fruiting throughout the year|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
Commonly seen growing in areas
- Karnataka Aushadhiya Sasyagalu By Dr.Maagadi R Gurudeva, Page no:167
- "Forest food for Northern region of Western Ghats" by Dr. Mandar N. Datar and Dr. Anuradha S. Upadhye, Page No.94, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune
- PHYTOCHEMICAL STUDIES
- Kappatagudda - A Repertoire of Medicianal Plants of Gadag by Yashpal Kshirasagar and Sonal Vrishni, Page No. 256
- Ayurvedic preparations
- Cultivation details