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Waterleaf is a short-lived, erect, strongly branched, perennial plant with succulent stems 30 - 100cm tall growing from swollen, fleshy roots. The plant is often harvsted from the wild for local use as a food. It is also cultivated in various parts of the tropics for its edible leaves, being grown on a particularly large scale in Africa. It is sometimes planted as an ornamental pot plant or as an edging plant in gardens.
- 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
It contains bioactive compounds namely flavonoids (69.80±4.42 mg/100 g and 58.33 ± 9.00 mg/100 g), alkaloids (55.56±5.00 mg/100 g and 13.89±5.00 mg/100 g), saponins (1.48±0.20 mg/100 g and 1.37±0.60 mg/100 g) and tannins.
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Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
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List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
Seeds, Cuttings of young shoots.
How to plant/cultivate
Grows best in the moist humid conditions of lowland tropical areas, though it can succeed at elevations up to 1,000 metres.
Commonly seen growing in areas
On roadsides, Waste places, Forest edges.
- ↑ Indian Medicinal Plants by C.P.Khare
- ↑ Chemistry
- ↑ Common names
- ↑ [Morphology]
- ↑ Cultivation
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- Herbs with Leaves used in medicine
- Herbs with Flowers used in medicine
- Herbs with common name in Tamil
- Herbs with common name in English
- Habit - Perennial
- Index of Plants which can be propagated by Seeds
- Index of Plants which can be propagated by Cuttings of young shoots
- Herbs that are commonly seen in the region of On roadsides
- Herbs that are commonly seen in the region of Waste places
- Herbs that are commonly seen in the region of Forest edges