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Menyanthes is a monotypic genus of flowering plants in the family Menyanthaceae. The name menyanthes comes from the Greek words menyein. The North American form is often referred to as M. trifoliata var. minor Michx. It is known in English by the common names bogbean and buckbean.
Diluted alkalies or acids cause it to split into a resinous product, a laevo-rotatory sugar, and a volatile, sweetish, aromatic oil, menyanthol (C7H11O2)n, which is both an aldehyde and a phenol.
|English||Bogbean, Buckbean, Marsh Trefoil|
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
|Alternately||3 oblong to oval||Smooth-edged or slightly toothed leaflets (2-12 cm long and 1-5 cm wide).|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Unisexual||10-20 flowers on leafless stalks 20-40 cm long||White or pink-tinged flowers||Flowers are funnel-shaped with 5 fringed petals and 5 sepals.|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
Pond marginal shelf up to 0-60cm deep or very wet soil. Best planted in a shallow square 2 litre aquatic basket or larger: drape roots into basket and fill with soil firming down, allowing the bamboo like stems to float with the growing tip pointing up (at or just above the surface of the water ideally if planting in March/April.