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Pankaj Oudhia’s Notes on Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz. [Kirtikar, Kanhoba Ranchoddas, and Baman Das Basu. "Indian Medicinal Plants." Indian Medicinal Plants. (1918)].
Based on Ethnobotanical surveys since year 1990 in different parts of India Pankaj Oudhia has documented vital information about Medicinal Plants mentioned in the famous publication by Kirtikar and Basu (1918). Through this research document Pankaj Oudhia has tried to present original document with additional notes. For complete paper with pictures, Interactive Tables, Video and Audio clips please visit pankajoudhia.com
For original publication by Kirtikar and Basu (1918) please visit https://archive.org/details/indianmedicinalp01kirt
350. Indigofera linifolia, Retz., h.f.b.l, ii.
92, Roxb. 582.
Vern. :— Torki (H.) ; Bhangra (B.) ; Taudikhode-baha
(Santal) ; Burburra, pandharipale, bhangra, torki (Bomb.).
Habitat : — From the Himalayas throughout India.
An annual ; the whole plant persistently silvery, hoary.
Stems slender, copiously branched, both at base and upward,
J-lft. Leaves simple, sub-sessile, i-lin. long, typically linear,
acute, but varying to obovate, obtuse, with a mucro. Stipules
minute, setaceous. Flowers 6-12 ; in copious, dense, sub-sessile
Racemes. Calyx tV in., silvery ; teeth long, linear-setaceous.
Corolla bright red, 2-3-times the Calyx. Pod hard, mucronate
silvery under, j% in. thick.
Use :— It is given medicinally in febrile eruptions (Honnig-
[Pankaj Oudhia’s Comment: This species holds reputed position among the Traditional Healers of India as life saving medicine. Although modern researchers have not done much work on different aspects of this species but the Healers have rich knowledge about it. It is added in hundreds of Herbal Formulations both internally as well externally. Please see Tables Indigo-1 to Indigo-120 for exhaustive information on this species.]
The Santals use the plant in amenorrhoea along with Eu-
phorbia thymifolia (Revd. A. Campbell). [Pankaj Oudhia’s Comment: This species is used in form of over 9000 Traditional Herbal Formulations for treatment of gynecological troubles including amenorrhea.]
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E-documents on Indigofera
Oudhia, Pankaj (2013). Pankaj Oudhia’s Notes on Indigofera linifolia (L.f.) Retz. [Kirtikar, Kanhoba Ranchoddas, and Baman Das Basu. "Indian Medicinal Plants." Indian Medicinal Plants. (1918)]. www.pankajoudhia.com
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