Eclipta prostrata

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  • Botanical Name : Eclipta prostrata (L.)
  • Synonyms : Eclipta alba (L.) Hassk
  • Common Name : Bhangaro, False Daisy, Trailing Eclipta
  • 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) : 1-30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Punit Van, Sarita Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Infocity, Aranya Van

About Eclipta prostrata Plant :

  • Habit : An annual herb, erect, suberect or prostrate, often rooting at the nodes; when growing in water the stem may become swollen and rather soft; stems and branches strigose.
  • Leaves : Sessile, usually oblong lanceolate, subentire, more or less hairy on both sides.
  • Inflorescence : Heads in axillary peduncles.
  • Flowers : White, ray florets ligulate, but ligules small and inconspicuous; disc florets tubular. Involucral bracts green in colour, about 8 in number, strigose.
  • Fruits : Achenes cuneate, winged, warted. Pappus 0.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : Throughout the year in moist places.
  • Significance :
    • The herb is used as tonic and deobstruent in hepatic and spleen enlargements and in skin diseases.
    • The plant juice is administered in combination with aromatics for catarrhal jaundice.
    • The expressed leaf juice along with honey is a popular remedy for catarrh in infants.