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Rubia cordifolia - Manjishtha
Manjishtha is a species of flowering plant in the coffee family. It has been cultivated for a red pigment derived from roots.
Hydroxy-3-ethyl, anthraquinone, dihydroxy, pentyl-naphthaquinonyl, phenanthrene.
|Kannada||ಮಂಜಿಷ್ಠ Manjishta, ಸಿರಗತ್ತಿ Siragatthi|
|English||Indian Madder, Common Madder|
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), Tikshna (Sharp)
|Simple||Ovate||The evergreen leaves are 5-10 cm long and 2-3 cm broad, produced in whorls of 4-7 starlike around the central stem|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Unisexual||3-5 mm||Yellow||5-20||The flowers are small, with five greenish yellow or pale yellow petals, in dense racemes. Flowering from September to November|
|Black berry||4-6 mm||Clearly grooved lengthwise, Lowest hooked hairs aligned towards crown||With hooked hairs||Many||Fruiting from September to November|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
The plant is propagated through seeds and two-node root cuttings. The seeds are collected during December and January. The seeds obtained from dried ripe black fruits are sown in nursery beds either in rows or randomly by broadcasting. A thin layer of soil and organic manure is spread over the seeds, and the beds are regularly watered.
Commonly seen growing in areas
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