Spilanthes paniculata

Botanical Name Spilanthes paniculata
Common Name Phakphet
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Spilanthes
Species: paniculata
Part used Leaves, Root, Flowers and Fruits.
Medicinal Properties Flower heads are local anaesthetic.
Medicinal Use Used to relieve toothache and infections of throat and gum, arthritis, stomatitis, ulcer and general weakness.
ChemistryProtein, fat, carbohydrates, Ca, P, vitamin B, vitamin C.
Cultivation It is propagated by seeds or stem cutting.
Regional HabitatIt grows in waste places, roadsides and riversides. Distribution: Jhalawar district of Rajasthan.
DescriptionAn erect annual herb, perennial, growth up to 40cm. It has soft branching stems. Leaves: opposite, ovate-lanceolate, with wavy margins. Flowers: bright yellow, flower heads radiate or discoid, usually solitary. Achenes are obovoid, 3-angled, 3 mm long, tip slightly depressed. Fruit: small, dry, hard, 1-seeded achene. Seeds: many, small, compressed and brown colored. Flowers and fruits appears during July-October.