Malayalam: Karuppu കറുപ്പ്
Opium poppy – Papaver somniferum is an annual herb, growing about 100cm tall. All parts of the plant are strongly glacious, and greyish-green, and the stem and leaves are sparsely covered with hairs. The leaves are grayish green, lobed. The flowers are white to petals deep red; and grow up to 120mm in diameter. Fruit is hairless and rounded. All parts of the plant emit white latex when wounded, which contains opium.
Useful plant parts: Flower capsule’s latex (Opium)
Medicinal uses: relieving severe pain, preparing morphine or codeine
Chemical content: Alkaloid (Morphine), Sedative
How to prepare medicines:
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