Pluchea indica

Botanical Name Pluchea indica
Common Name Kalapani
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Pluchea
Species: indica
Part used Roots and Leaves
Medicinal Properties Astringent, Antipyretic.
Medicinal Use Reduces muscle pain, helps with haemorrhoids, kidney stones, lowers blood sugar, reduces pain, promotes digestion, elixir of longevity, fever.
ChemistryLeaves: proteins. Whole plant: chlorogenic acid and an essential oil.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatGrows wild in marshes or swamps. Usually cultivated for quickest hedges.
DescriptionThis is arichly branched shrub with alternate pale green, dentate(toothed) leaves. The terminal flowers are rose-purple and grow in rather loose few-flowered heads. Flowers : numerous, pink-purple.