Desmodium gangeticum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Desmodium gangeticum (L.) DC
  • Common Name : Salwan, Sal Leaved Desmodium
  • Plant Family : Papilionaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 5, 13-15, 17, 20, 21, 29
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Basan

About Desmodium gangeticum Plant :

  • Habit : A stout herb with angled, more or less hairy stems.
  • Leaves : Unifoliate, stipules scarious, leaflets membranous, ovate-oblong or broadly ovate, acute or acuminate, rounded at the base.
  • Inflorescence : Racemes
  • Flower :
    • Flowers in large terminal and axillary racemes, usually in small fascicles on a slender rachis, bracts subulate.
    • Calyx hairy, corolla purple, violet, blue, lilac or white, these colours appearing at the same time on the same plant.
  • Fruit : Pods slightly falcate, joints 6-8, longer than broad, slightly hairy with minute hooked hairs.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : March-August
  • Significance :
    • The root is used as a substitute for liquorice.
    • It is also used as a febrifuge.