Curculigo orchioides

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  • Botanical Name : Curculigo orchioides Gaertn
  • Common Name : Kali Musli, Golden Eye Grass
  • Plant Family : Hypoxidaceae
  • Earlier this plant was placed in family Amaryllidaceae by Bentham and Hooker but later Hutchinson separated another two families - Agavaceae and Hypoxidaceae from it after the indepth study of the characters. Thus, as per the new trend it should be placed in family Hypoxidaceae.

  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Curculigo orchioides Plant :

  • Habit : A perennial herb with underground stout elongated root-stocks.
  • Leaves :
    • Radical, sessile, linear-lanceolate, glabrescent.
    • Scape short and flattened.
  • Flowers :
    • Golden-yellow in colour, in small racemes.
    • Lower females, upper males, bracts lanceolate.
    • Perianth 6-partite, stamens 6, filaments short.
    • Ovary inferior, 3-celled.
  • Fruit :
    • Capsule, beaked.
    • Seeds subglobose, black, strongly rugose.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : June - September
  • Significance :
    • It is known to be very useful for the treatment of impotence, limb limpness, arthritis of the lumbar and knee joints, and watery diarrhea.
    • The root is aphrodisiac, appetizer and useful in the treatment of asthma, piles, indigestion, joint pains etc.