Anagallis arvensis

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Anagallis arvensis L.
  • Common Name : Blue Pimpernel, Kali Fuladi, Chanakchibhadi
  • Plant Family : Primulaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Van Chetana Kendra

About Anagallis arvensis Plant :

  • Habit : An erect or procumbent, glabrous herb, much branched from the base.
  • Leaves : 15 x 8 mm ovate, acute, entire.
  • Flowers :
    • Axillary, solitary, on slender pedicels which are nearly as long as or longer than the leaves.
    • Calyx spreading divided nearly to the base into narrow segments.
    • Corolla blue or gentian blue, upto 12 mm diameter.
  • Fruit : Capsule about 6-7 mm diameter.
  • Seeds : Numerous, minute, trigonous.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October
  • Significance :
    • Grounded plant is made into poultices and applied on wounds, swellings and on various skin diseases.
    • It is also known to be useful in gout, cerebral affections, hydrophobia, leprosy, dropsy, epilepsy, mania as fish poison in snake-bite.