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Trichodesma indicum - Adhapuspi, Indian Borage

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Adhakpuspi is an Indian medicinal plant found in the Indian subcontinent. These are widely distributed as a weed throughout India. They grow to an altitude of about 1500 m in the Himalayas and it is used as a fertiliser and as an herbal medicine.


Arthritis, Anorexia, Dysentery, Skin dise, Snake bite, Dairrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Abortion case[1].

Parts Used

Whole plant, Roots[1].

Chemical Composition

The seed of the plant contains lenoleic acid, Oleic acid, palmatic acid.The leaves cotains hexaconase, Ethylhexacosanoate, Ethylester and 21, 24 Hexacosadeinoic acid.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Athomukhi, Kattetumbesoppu
Hindi Anadhahuli, Chotakulpha
Malayalam Kilukkamtumpa
Tamil Kulittaitumpai, Kallutaitumpai
Telugu Guvagatti
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Adhapushpi
English Indian Borage






Kind Shape Feature
Simple Oblong-lanceolate Leaf Apex is Acite and its base is has entire leaf margin



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 4-8cm long Blue Flowering from September-November and January-March



Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Smooth Smooth on the outer and rugosely pitted on the inner face. In almost free, 4 nutlets Fruiting throughout the year.

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 plant is found as a weed in many areas of the tropics and subtropics.[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Himalayas, Cultivated fields, Dry stony wastelands, Black cotton soil.

Photo Gallery


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.49, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #45, Paapannana Tota, 1st Main road, Basaveshwara Nagara, Bengaluru.
  2. Easy ayurveda
  3. Morphology
  4. Trophical plants

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