Sonchus wightianus

(Click image to Enlarge)

Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

«
»
  • Botanical Name : Sonchus wightianus DC.
  • Common Name : Wight's Sow-Thistle, Sow Palang
  • Plant Family : Asteraceae (Compositae)
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 15, 26-28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Sarita Udyan

About Sonchus wightianus Plant :

  • Habit : A perennial erect herb with cylindric rootstock or rhizome.
  • Stem : Tall, glabrous and densely pilose.
  • Leaves : Pinnatifid or runcinate-pinnatifid. Leaflets lanceolate or narrowly oblanceolate, obtuse or acute at apex, spinulose-serrate along the margins, glaucous below.
  • Inflorescence : Capitulum (Head), heads cylindric, broadly campanulate or erect.
  • Flowers :
    • Involucral bracts 3-4 seriate, lanceolate.
    • Corolla 5-toothed, yellow, ligulate, pappus hairs many seriate, white.
  • Fruit : Achenes oblong, faintly transversely rugose.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : January - April
  • Significance :
    • Roots are known to be used in jaundice, cough, bronchitis, asthma.
    • Leaf extracts can also be applied on swellings.