Prostrate Pasture weed

Scientific name of Prostrate Pasture weed: Cyathula prostrate/ Achyranthes diffusa

Name of Prostrate Pasture weed in different languages:-

English: Cyathula

Sanskrit: Apamarga

Hindi: लाल चिरचिटा -Lal chirchita

Tamil: சிவப்பு நாயுருவி Chiivappu nayuruvi

Malayalam: Cherukadalady- ചെറുകടലാടി

Plant description:

Prostrate Pasture weed or Cyathula is an annual herb, branched, hairy, reach at the length of 1, the stems prostrate and creeping, branches ascending up to 100 cm long. Stems are dark purple to yellow- brown. Leaf stalks grow up to 1.5 cm long, hairy, opposite, up to 6 cm long and 3.5 cm wide, ovate to elliptic, pubescent, tapered apex. Stem up to 30 cm long. Flowers are pale pink or violet, found in clusters of 1 to 3 perfect flowers.

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant and roots

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Ovate Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate

Medicinal uses:

Antibacterial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and anti-diabetic

Chemical contents:

Steroids, Flavonoids, Saponins, Tannins, Cardiac glycosides and Alkaloids

It is used as an ingredient to prepare the Ayurveda medicines like:

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