Barleria prionitis

Botanical Name Barleria prionitis
Common Name Bajradantip
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Barleria
Species: prionitis
Part used Whole Plant
Medicinal Properties Antiseptic
Medicinal Use It is used to treat fever, respiratory diseases, toothache, joint pains. A mouthwash made from root tissue is used to relieve toothache and treat bleeding gums. The leaves are used to healing of wounds and to relieve joint pains. Extracts of the plant are incorporated into herbal cosmetics and hair products to cure skin and scalp problems.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatGrowing throughout Rajasthan, as garden plant.
DescriptionAn erect, perennial, prickly shrub, usually single-stemmed, growing to about 1.5 meters in height. The leaves are up to 100 mm long and 40 mm wide, and ellipsoid. The base of the leaves is protected by three to five sharp spines. The yellow-orange tubular flowers with several long protruding stamens. Seed capsule is oval-shaped with a sharp pointed beak. It contains two fairly large, flat seeds, covered with matted hairs. Roots are central tap type, with lateral roots branching in all directions.