Digera muricata

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  • Botanical Name : Digera muricata (L.) Mart.
  • Synonyms : Achyranthus muricata L.
  • Common Name : Kanejaro
  • Plant Family : Amaranthaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1-5, 7, 10-13, 17, 22, 23, 26-30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Punit Van, Sarita Udyan, Basan

About Digera muricata Plant :

  • Habit : An annual erect herb with stems striate, simple or branched from the base, dark-green, greenish-purple at the nodes, glabrous.
  • Leaves : Alternate, petioled, membranous, elliptic, ovate or ovate-rhomboid, acute at apex, rounded or cordate at base, entire along the margins, glabrous, petioles slender, glabrous or nearly so, grooved on upper surface.
  • Flowers : Flowers bisexual, small about 2 mm long, red in colour, in axillary pedunculate spikes 3-10 cm long, spreading, slender.
  • Fruits :
    • Yellowish-green, subacute and notched at the apex, margined, pale green, turning dark-brown later, wrinkled, shining.
    • Seeds brown or black.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : June-October
  • Significance :
    • It is sweetish and laxative in large doses.
    • Flowers and seeds are reported to be given for urinary discharges.