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Meconopsis aculeata

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Meconopsis aculeata

Meconopsis aculeata is a blue-flowered thorny species of the genus Meconopsis with a small geographical distribution restricted to specific areas of Pakistan and India, in the west Himalayas. The species was described from specimens collected here, by Royle in 1833.


Heal broken bones, Pain in the upper bodily region.

Parts Used


Chemical Composition

Primary constituents have chlorophyll, proteins sugar and amino acids. Secondary constituents contain terpenoids and alkaloids. Medicinal plants have antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammation activities. The present study involves medicinal plant Meconopsis aculeta which is locally available in Kashmir Himalaya. [1]

Common names

Language Common name
Hindi Kanta कान्ता, Vanita वनीता. Ladak
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
English Blue poppy,Himalayan blue poppy. Hin. Vanita, Kaliharu,. Bhotia-sarchhing, Kanta


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












Kind Shape Feature
Simple Alternate The leaves are light green and feathery.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual White 3-4 Flowers Season is June - August

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

Monocarpic erect, prickly herbs, with yellow fluid, about 40-60 cm tall. Stem simple or branched at the base, leafy throughout, covered with yellow or golden yellow color bristles, about 2-7 mm long. Tap roots narrow elongated or fusiform, about 10-14 cm long. Basal cauline leaves, variable, irregularly 1-2 pinnatipartite rarely bipinnatipartite, about 5-25 x 2-5 cm across, margin ciliate, apex obtuse, broadly incised on the lower basal segments, bristle hairs on both sides, above and beneath, petiole widened at the base, bristly, about 4-12 cm long, upper cauline leaves smaller, segments oblong, obovate to triangular, margin ciliate, apex obtuse, petiole sessile. Inflorescence raceme with about 10-20 flowers, bracteate. Flowers bisexual, axillary or terminal, about 6-8 cm across, pale blue to purple, red, pink, actinomorphic, showing bilateral symmetry, pedicels slender, spiny, about 1-15 cm long, Sepals 2, ovate-orbicular, spiny, about 1-2 cm long, caducous, petals 4, rarely 6, obovate, apex rounded or obtuse, blue, purple, red, margin entire, about 3-4 x 3-4 c-m across. Stamens numerous, filaments filiform, linear, with showy colors as petals, about 0.5-1 cm long, anthers golden yellow, basifixed, about 1-1.5 mm long. Ovary obovoid-ellipsoid or subglobose, unilocular, densely spiny, style slender, distinct or conspicuous, stigmas capitates, free or confluent on decurrent lobes, swollen at the base, about 4-10 mm long. Fruits capsules, ellipsoid-obovoid, about 10-15 mm long, dehiscing by 4-6 interplacental valves in upper apex part, rarely at the base. Seeds many, subreniform, oblong-ellipsoid, usually papillose, about 1 mm long.[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tall grasslands, Meadows, Borders of forests and fields.

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