Launaea procumbens

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  • Botanical Name : Launaea procumbens (Roxb.) Ramayya & Rajagopal
  • Synonyms : Prenanthes procumbens Roxb.
  • Common Name : Moti Bhonpatri, Creeping Launaea
  • 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 'NominaConservanda' because of their constant use for a long time.

  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 2, 4, 5, 15, 17, 27, 29, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Sarita Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Basan, Aranya Van

About Launaea procumbens Plant :

  • Habit : A glabrous herb, with prostrate or decumbent stems and branches but not rooting at nodes.
  • Leaves : Mostly radical, entire or pinnatifid, glabrous.
  • Inflorescence : Head (Capitulum)
  • Flowers : Yellow flowers in heads which are solitary or a few together along the branches.
  • Fruit : Achenes truncate at both ends, strongly 4-ribbed.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October onwards.
  • Significance :
    • The plant is used as fodder for goats.
    • It is also used in the preparation of a cooling sherbet.
    • Leaves are used locally in curries.