Gnaphalium luteo-album

Botanical Name Gnaphalium luteo-album
Common Name Bal Raksha
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Gnaphalium
Species: luteo-album
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.
ChemistryFlowers: chalcone glucoside(I) which is characterised as 2',4,4'-trihydroxy-6-methoxychalcone-4'-glucoside, luteolin and its 4'-D-glucoside.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatCommonly 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.
DescriptionErect 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.