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Melochia corchorifolia

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Melochia corchorifolia

Melochia corchorifolia, the chocolateweed, is a weedy tropical plant that is typically seen in the wastelands. It has been most frequently observed to grow in open areas, such as highways.[1] Although Melochia corchorifolia does not have any common usage, it has been utilized as a homeopathic remedy. Its weedy and invasive characteristic inhibits its wider cultivation.


Ear problems, Anthelmintic, Dysentery, Abdominal swellings, Snake bites, Tonic.


Melochia corchorifolia can be used in Food. Young tender leaves are cooked as vegetable.[1]

Parts Used

Leaves, Fruit.

Chemical Composition

Leaves have been analyzed to have triterpenes (friedelin, friedelinol and β-amyrin), flavonol glycosides (hibifolin, triflin and melocorin), aliphatic compounds, flavonoids (vitexin and robunin), β-D-sitosterol β-D-glucoside and alkaloids. These naturally occurring alkaloids help in plant growth and contains nitrogen. [2]

Common names

Language Common name
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
English Chocolateweed


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








Nutritional components

Melochia corchorifolia Contains the Following nutritional components like - Vitamin-A and C; Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc[1]





Kind Shape Feature
Simple Ovate leaves the petioles are generally 5 cm long with linear stipules of 6 mm long. The veins extend to be from 7 cm long to 5 cm long. This plant is an annual or perennial type of herb. It usually develops to be up to 1.3–2.0 m tall; stem with line of stellate hairs. It’s simple, ovate leaves are normally arranged spirally with the margins very intensely serrated. The blade of the leaves range from narrow to broad to the tip, measures up to 7.5 cm × 5.5 cm.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual 5–7 mm long Purple 5 Regular with calyx campanulate of 3 mm long. It is also short-teethed and consists of petals of 8 mm long, white with yellow base inside. The stamens are fused close to the top of the filaments. This purple flower has superior ovary with 5 styles joint at the base. The flowering occurs from July to October.

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

The proliferation is completed via seed. It is often thought that germination can be better significantly by scarification. With scarified seed, germination is done at temperatures of 35–40 °C. Additionally, Melochia corchorifolia L is observed to be a host of fungal diseases, such as Rhizoctonia solani[4]. Melochia corchorifolia is available through October to December[1].

Commonly seen growing in areas

Garden area.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Forest food for Northern region of Western Ghats" by Dr. Mandar N. Datar and Dr. Anuradha S. Upadhye, Page No.111, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune
  2. Chemical composition
  3. Morphology
  4. Cultivation Details

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