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Ageratum conyzoides - Vishamushti
Vishamushti is a coarse annual plant with an erect stem and a strong, unpleasant smell. It can grow up to about 1 metre tall. It is a common weed of the tropical zone. It is also sometimes grown as an ornamental plant and is commonly used as a traditional medicine.
The leaf is reported to contain stigmasterol (59.9%) and beta-sitosterol (26.7%) as major component of sterol faction. The dried flowering plant contains the pyrrolizidine alkaloids, lycopsamine and echinatine.
|Kannada||Helukasa, Naayi thulasi|
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
Tikta (Bitter), Katu (Pungent)
Laghu (Light), Rooksha (Dry), Teekshna (Strong)
|Simple||Opposite||5-7 x 3-5 cm, ovate, apex acute, crenate, base rounded; petiole 1-3 cm long.|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Bisexual||Terminal heads||White-blue||5||Heads white, to 7 mm across, in terminal corymbose panicle; bracts 1-3-seriate, 3-4 mm long, elliptic, toothed at apex, 3-ribbed. Flowers all similar, bisexual. Flowering: July - December|
|Achene||2 mm long||Linear, 5-angled, hirsute along the angles; pappus 3-4 mm long, many, setaceous||Many||Fruiting: July - December|