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Biophytum sensitivum - Alambusha

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Alambusha, Biophytum sensitivum

Alambusha is an herbaceous plant with pinnate leaves which are sensitive to touch. Yellow flowers are borne on stalks. It can be found in moist shady places.


Parts Used

Chemical Composition

It contains two biflavones, Cupressuflavone and amentoflavone, three flavonoids, luteolin 7-methyl ether, isoorientin and 3′-methoxyluteolin 7-O-glucoside.[3]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Dodda horamuchhaka, Dodda horamuni
Hindi Lakhshana
Malayalam Mukkutti
Tamil Tintanali
Telugu Attapatti, Atti pathri, Chumi, Jala puspa
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Alambusa, Jalapushpa, Panktipatra
English Little Tree Plant, Sensitive plant



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



Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)


Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)


Ushna (Hot)



Kapha, Pitta





Kind Shape Feature
Pinnate Alternate Leaves 1.5-8 cm long; petioles to 2 cm long.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual 6-8 mm across Yellow and red 10 Sepals 5, lanceolate, to 5 mm long, glandular-pubescent, 5-nerved. Flowering from September to December


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Capsule 6-8 cm long Capsules glandular-pubescent along septa; seeds 2(-4) in each locule, concentrically 9-ridged Fruiting from September to December

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 flowers and fruits all year round.[6]

Kind of soil needed

Commonly seen growing in areas

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  1. Uses
  2. ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.1299, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  3. Chemical constituents
  4. Vernacular names
  5. Botanic description
  6. How to plant/cultivate

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