Indian stinging nettle

The Scientific name of Indian stinging nettle: Tragia involucrata

Name  of Indian stinging nettle in different languages:

Sanskrit: दुःस्पर्ष Duhsparsha, वृश्चिकाच्छद Vrischikacchad, वृश्चिकापत्री Vrischikapatri, वृश्चिकाली Vrischikali, आगमावर्ता Aagmavarta, कषाग्निः Kashagnih.

Hindi: पीत पर्णी Pit Parni, बढन्त Barhanta.

Malayalam: Kodithoova കൊടുത്തുവ, Vallichoriyanam-ചൊറിയണം 

Plant description 

Indian stinging nettle (Tragia involucrata) is a perennial climbing herb with stinging hairs. Leaves are alternately arranged, oblong or ovate, and toothed margin, sized 6 to 10 cm long and 3 to 5.5 cm wide. Flowers are white, borne in leaf axils. Seeds are contained in a capsule, globose, 0.6 cm long, and tri-lobed. Touching of this plant may cause terrible itching.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape- oblong Margin-Denticulated Venation-pinnate
 Margin_Denticulate-with-fine-dentition  Venation-pinnate


Useful plant parts:


Chemical content:

Formic acid, histamine, and acetylcholine.

How to prepare medicines:

It is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like-

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