Blepharis maderaspatensis

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Blepharis maderaspatensis (L.) B. Heyne ex Roth
  • Synonyms : Acanthus maderaspatensis L.
  • Common Name : Creeping Blepharis, Untigan, Utanjanchokdi
  • Plant Family : Acanthaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 9, 17, 28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Punit Van, Van Chetana Kendra, Aranya Van

About Blepharis maderaspatensis Plant :

  • Habit : A diffuse, prostrate or procumbent, slender herbs, 30-90 cm high.
  • Stem : Much divaricately branched, pubescent, rooting at the nodes.
  • Leaves : Whorled, 4 at each node, un equal, 1.2-9 x 0.8-4.5 cm, membranous, coarsely toothed, entire, pubescent, elliptic, acute, petioles very small, hairy.
  • Inflorescence: Solitary, axillary
  • Flowers : Solitary, axillary or 2-3 together, about 1 cm long, 0.2-1.8 x 0.6-0.8 cm, creamy-white with red or purple veins or pale-blue, bracteoles cuneiform below, broadly sphathulate and rounded above, 6-8 mm long. Calyx with outer lobe 2 cm long, pubescent, upper lip narrow, lower lip 3-angled, broad, pale blue with a yellow spot and red or sky-blue lines.
  • Fruit : Capsule, compressed, ovoid.
  • Seeds : 2, echinate with obtuse spines.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October-February
  • Significance :
    • The seeds are said to be tonic.
    • They are soaked in water and administered for ulcers and on burning of urine.