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Commelina benghalensis

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Commelina benghalensis is a herbaceous perennial plant. The plant can become annual in areas with colder winters or long dry seasons.


Eye ailments, Sore throat, Burns, Sorefeet, Diarrhoea, Constipation, Increase the sperm count[1]


Commelina benghalensis can be used in Food. Fleshy rhizomes are source of starch. Tender leaves are cooked as vegetable. Bhaji (Pakoda) is one of the famous preparation of Commelina leaves. As a ritual, bhaji are made on one of the Saturdays of Shravan in some parts of northern region of Western Ghats[2].

Parts Used

Chemical Composition

Phytochemicals are present in plant have healing properties. C. diffusa contain minerals, vitamins, alkaloids, saponins, phenols, tannins, phytosterols, triterpens, terpenoids as secondary metabolites. Plants produce diverse array of low molecular weight products. These phytochemicals are responsible for pharma industry and at higher concentration toxic to animals. [3]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada ಗುಬ್ಬಚ್ಚಿ ಬಾಳೆ Gubbachchi bale, ಗುಬ್ಬಚ್ಚಿ ಬಸಳೆ Gubbachchi basale
Hindi Jalbhu, Kanakaua
Malayalam Kanavazhai, Vuzhaipadathi
Tamil Kan-an-kolai, Kanavalai
Telugu Amruta kaada, Neerukaassuvu
Marathi Kanchat, Kena
Gujarathi Motun shishmuliyun
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Kanchata
English Bengal dayflower, Fire leaf



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








Nutritional components

Commelina benghalensis Contains the Following nutritional components like - Vitamin-B2, B3 and C; Calcium, Copper, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc[2].




Kind Shape Feature



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Flowering from June to December


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Fruiting from June to December

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Cultivation Details

A plant of warm temperate to tropical areas where it can be found at elevations up to 1,600 metres[6]. Commelina benghalensis is available through June to December[2].

Commonly seen growing in areas

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  1. Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2 by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No. 159
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Forest food for Northern region of Western Ghats" by Dr. Mandar N. Datar and Dr. Anuradha S. Upadhye, Page No.60, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune
  3. Journal paper Phytochemical analysis of Commelina diffusa by Malarvizhi D, Karthikeyan AVP, Sudan I and Satheeshkumar R
  4. Common names
  5. [Morphology]
  6. Cultivation

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