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Balanophora Fungosa

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Balanophora fungosa is a fleshy, leafless herb that is total parasitic on the roots or rhizomes of various host species. A perennial plant growing from a tuberous rootstock, it grows up to 15cm tall. The roots of at least one form of this plant are harvested locally for their wax, which is used for lighting purposes.

Uses

Parts Used

Root.

Chemical Composition

It contains phenolic compounds Isolariciresinol, Gallic acid, Pinoresinol, Methyl caffeate, and Epipinoresinol, Glucopyranoside were isolated from Balanophora fungosa.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Markata Pippali, Gaja Pippali
Hindi Gaja Pippali
Malayalam
Tamil Ati Tippali
Telugu Veerchedi
Marathi
Gujarathi
Punjabi
Kashmiri
Sanskrit Gaja Pippali, Markata Pippali
English

[1]

Properties

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

Dravya

Rasa

Guna

Veerya

Vipaka

Karma

Prabhava

Habit

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature

[3]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Flowering from September to January {{{5}}}

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Fruiting from September to January

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

How to plant/cultivate

[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.32, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  2. Journal Paper by Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences
  3. [Morphology]
  4. [Cultivation]

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