Dicoma tomentosa

Botanical Name Dicoma tomentosa
Common Name Vajardanti
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Combretaceae
Genus: Dicoma
Species: tomentosa
Part used Root and whole plant.
Medicinal Properties Whole plant: febrifuge.
Medicinal Use Root: toothache. Whole plant: useful in febrile attacks to which women are subjectal after child birth.
ChemistryOctacosanoic acid, stigmasterol, betulinic acid. Aerial parts: six melampolides - urospermal A, urospermal A-15-O-acetate, albicolide diacetate.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatCommonly found in scrub jungles and waste places, also found in sandy soil. Distribution: Ganganagar, churu, jhunjhunu, sikar, bikaner, nagaur, jodhpur, jaisalmer, barmer, pali, jaipur, kota and jhalawar districts.
DescriptionErect, white wooly, annual herb, grows upto 7.5-31.0 cm high, woody at base. Stem: terete, much branched, tinged purplish. Leaves: sessile, lamina tapering at base, linear, linear-lanceolate, oblong-oblanceolate, surfaces densely white, wooly abaxially sparsely wooly adaxially, margins serrulate or entire. Flowers: capitula numerous, sessile or shortly stalked, invol. bracts 4-5 seriate, imbricate, scabrid, pale-yellow, brownish-tinged spines, linear-oblong, margins scarious. Corolla tubular-campanulate, tube 5 lobed, divided more than half of the corolla length, acute, revolute. Anthers barbellate, apex acute. Style 0.5 cm long, cypsels pale-brown, 10-ribbed, base cuneate, densely silky-villous. Flowers and fruits appears during September - December.