Sphaeranthus indicus

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  • Botanical Name : Sphaeranthus indicus L.
  • Common Name : Gorakh Mundi, Bodio Kalhaar, East Indian Globe Thistle, Indian Sphaeranthus
  • Plant Family : Asteraceae (Compositae)
  • According to the Rules of ICBN the names of the families should end in -aceae. Thus the new name for the family Compositae became Asteraceae. However, the name Compositae is also exempted and conserved under 'Nomina Conservanda' because of their constant use for a long time.

  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 4, 24, 26, 27
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Sarita Udyan, Infocity

About Sphaeranthus indicus Plant :

  • Habit : A much branched small herb with stem and branches cylindric, with toothed wings glandular-hairy.
  • Leaves : Sessile, decurrent, obovate-oblong, rounded, glandular-hairy, spinuous-serrate, narrow at base.
  • Flowers : Globose, ovoid heads of reddish-purple colour or solitary glandular peduncles with toothed wings, outer flowers female inner bisexual.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : November - January
  • Significance :
    • Common as a weed in rice-fields and moist places.
    • The plant has a sharp bitter, taste, laxative, digestible and tonic, used also in insanity, increases the appetite, cools brain and gives luster to the eyes.