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Shivlingi (Bryonia laciniosa Linn.)

Pankaj Oudhia
Society for Parthenium Management (SOPAM)
28-A, Geeta Nagar, Raipur - 492001 India
pankajoudhia@gmail.com
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Scientific Name: Bryonia laciniosa Linn.
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Hindi Name: Shivlingi.

Botanical Description: Annual slender herbs; Leaves palmately 5-lobed, scabrous above, smooth beneath, margin denticulate; Peduncle (in male flowers); Calyx tube 2-4x3-6 mm, lobes spreading; Corolla greenish-yellow, shortly papillose, lobes ovate, acute; Female flowers fasciculate; Fruits spherical, yellowish-green, six striped; seeds grey, belted, attenuate with raised projections on both faces. Flowering and fruiting April to December in Indian conditions.

Useful Parts: Whole plant and leaves.

Traditional Medicinal Uses: According to Ayurveda, the plant is hot, pungent, and alternative; Leaves good for inflammations.

Chemical Constituents: The plant possess bryonin.

References

Agharkar, S.P. (1991). Medicinal plants of Bombay presidency. Pbl. Scientific Publishers, Jodhpur, India : 44.

Verma, D.M. Balakrishnan, N.P. and Dixit, R.D. (19993). Flora of Madhya Pradesh (Vol. I). Pbl. Botanical survey of India, Kolkata, India : 490.

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