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Tylophora indica - Lataksiri

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Lataksiri, Tylophora indica

Lataksiri is a slender, hairy or glabrous branching climber, producing stems up to 1.5 metres tall from a short rhizome that is 3 - 4mm thick. The plant is used locally as a source of fibre and medicines. It is used in treating bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis.


Parts Used

Chemical Composition

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada aadu muttada balli, naayihaale, anthamoola, kirumani
Hindi antamul, janglipikvan
Malayalam vallippala,
Tamil Nach­churuppam, nanja­murich­chaaan, nayppalai, peyppalai, kondachani
Telugu Verripaala, vettipaala, kaakpaala, kukkapala, tellayadala, tellavedavela, neelataapiri.
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit arkaparni, lataksiri, shwasaghni, anthrapachaka, gandhana, moolinee
English Indian Ipecac



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



Tikta (Bitter)


Laghu (Light), Rooksha (Dry)


Sheeta (cold)


Madhura (Sweet)


Pitta, Vata





Kind Shape Feature
Simple Opposite 4-10 x 2-5.5 cm, ovate to oblong, acute or acuminate apex, base subcordate, entire, slightly pubescent on both sides, petiole to 0.8 cm.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual umbellate cymes greenish-purple or greenish-yellow bracts filiform, hairy. Calyx hairy outside, divded nearly to the base, lobes linear-lanceolate, to 2 mm. Corolla 1 cm across, lobes to 4 mm long. Corona single, lobes acuminate at tip. Ovary ob-conical; style to 1 mm


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Follicles 7 - 10cm oblong, tapering towards the apex, glabrous seeds 7 mm long, broadly ovate, coma 2-2.5 cm long. {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

How to plant/cultivate

The seeds have a high germination percentage (more than 90%) but fruit set is rare. Vegetative propagules as cuttings from stem coppices or ground layering can be prepared in spring season. [4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

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