|Botanical Name|| Gnaphalium luteo-album|
|Common Name|| Bal Raksha|
|Part used|| Leaves. |
|Medicinal Properties|| Leaves: astringent and vulnerary. |
|Medicinal Use|| Leaves: useful in wounds and burns, also used internally to check discharge of blood serum or mucous secretions.|
|Chemistry||Flowers: chalcone glucoside(I) which is characterised as 2',4,4'-trihydroxy-6-methoxychalcone-4'-glucoside, luteolin and its 4'-D-glucoside.|
|Regional Habitat||Commonly occurs along the bank of rivers, hillsides, wetlands, drainage areas, near temporary water bodies. Sand, loam, clay and peaty soils over limestone, granite. Dist: Ganganagar, jodhpur, pali, sirohi, bundi, bhilwara, bharatpur, swai-madhopur.
|Description||Erect ascending, wooly annual herbs, grows up to 70 cm high, often woody at base. Stem: simple, usually corymbosely branched above. Leaves: sessile, semi-amplexicaul at base, oblong, spathulate or oblanceolate, wooly on both surfaces, apex obtuse, sometimes mucronate, margins entire, those at apical nodes linear-oblong, acute. Flowers: capitula borne in dense terminal corymbs, golden-yellow, glistening; involucre bracts shining, straw-coloured, sub-herbaceous at base and transparent towards apex, outer ones ovate, sub-acute, inner linear, acute or sub-acute. Ray-florets: numerous, pappus shorter than the involucre. Disc-florets: slender; style-branches truncate; cypsels oblong, papillose. Flowers and fruits appears during October-April.|