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Pavonia zeylanica

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Pavonia zeylanica

Plumbago zeylanica, commonly known as Ceylon leadwort, doctorbush or wild leadwort, is a species of plumbago with a pantropical distribution. Carl Linnaeus described the paleotropical P. zeylanica and neotropical P. scandens as separate species, but they are currently considered synonymous.


Parts Used

Chemical Composition

Preliminary phytochemical analysis revealed the presence of sugars, steroids, flavonoids, alkaloids, quinones, phenols, tannins and terpenoids in its roots. [2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Sewanakudri, Antugogari, Shivana kadle
Tamil Mammatti
Telugu Chinnamuttava
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Balaa
English Ceylon Swamp Mallow


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











Kind Shape Feature
Simple Leaves are lance-shaped to ovate Leaves are 1.5-3 cm long, 1-2.5 cm broad. Lower ones are usually 3-lobed - lobes oblong or obovate, entire or irregularly toothed, middle one longest.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Lance-shaped Pink Flower stalk is 2-4 cm long. Sepal-like bracts are 8-11, 1-1.3 cm long. Flowers are 1.5 cm long. Flowering from July to November and March to May


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Simple Fruit Spherical 5 mm across Velvety Fruiting from March to May and March to May

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

How to plant/cultivate

Prefers a position in full sun or partial shade, Slightly acidic soil. Plants can flower throughout the year. [4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

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  1. Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2 by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No. 291
  2. Chemical composition
  3. Kappatagudda - A Repertoire of Medicianal Plants of Gadag by Yashpal Kshirasagar and Sonal Vrishni, Page No. 298
  4. Cultivation Details

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