Pedalium murex

Botanical Name Pedalium murex
Common Name Gokhru-big
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Lamiales
Family: Pedaliaceae
Genus: Pedalium
Species: murex
Part used Seeds and leaves.
Medicinal Properties Plant is sweet, cooling, mucilaginous, diuretic, lithontriptic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, anti-inflammatory, digestive, carminative, tonic and rejuvenating.
Medicinal Use This plant is useful in strangyr, renal and vesical calculi, aphthae, puerperal diseases, spermatorrhoea, spasmodic affections, amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, inflammation, splenomegaly, dyspepsia, flatulence, ulcers, fever and general debility.
ChemistryAlkaloid, greenish fatty oil, resin.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatThroughout Rajasthan.
DescriptionA succulent herb, grows upto 38 cm in height, very well branched, foetid smelling and also has rough slime secreting glands. Leaves: simple, opposite, somewhat fleshy, broadly ovate-oblong, coarsely crenate-serrate or sublobate, glabrous above and minute scales on the lower side. Flowers: bright yellow, axillary and solitary. Fruits: blunty 4-angled with stout, sharp, conical horizontal spines from the angles.
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