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Lepidium latifolium

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Lepidium latifolium

Lepidium latifoliumnormally grows to between 30 centimeters and 1 meter, but may grow as tall as 2 meters. The plants have numerous woody stems, alternating waxy leaves and clusters of small, white flowers. It has an extensive root network, known to reach 9 feet in depth and constitute 40% of the total biomass of the plant.


Parts Used

Chemical Composition

500 mg of leaves and roots of plants from all three locations were crushed using liquid nitrogen. Three different leaf positions viz. [1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada NA
Hindi Cansur, Chausaur
Malayalam NA
Tamil NA
Telugu NA
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit NA
English Perennial pepperweed, Tall whitetop


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



Tikta (Bitter)


Laghu (Light)








Kind Shape Feature
Simple Rosette leaves are long petiolate. Cauline (stem) leaves are alternate, 1-3 in. (2.5-7.6 cm) long and oblong.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual Many Flowering occurs in the late spring to summer, when flat, dense clusters of flowers develop at the apex of the flowering stem. Individual flowers are 4-petaled and white.


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
4-5 cm long The fruit is a round to oval hairy capsule that is 0.06 in. (1.5 mm) in diameter. It contains a single seed. {{{6}}}

Other features

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

How to plant/cultivate

Salt marshes and wet sands on the south and east coasts.[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

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