CELOSIA CRISTATA L.

Family: Amaranthaceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Moragphul, Lalmurga, Huldimuga.

English Name: Cock's Comb.

Description of the Plant

A tall annual branching herb. Leaves linear to ovate, acute or acuminate, up to 23 cm long. Flowers minute, in dense terminal, cylindrical spike, sometimes excessively developed like cock's-comb crest; Colour of the spikes varies from yellow, pink or rose.

Using Information

Plants are cooling and alexiteric; useful in dysentery and strangury. The flowers are considered astringent; used in diarrhoea and excessive menstrual discharges. Seeds are demulcent; useful in painful urination, cough, diarrhoea, dysentery and seminal diseases.

EtOH(50%) extract of plant is antiprotozoic and spasmolytic (Asolkar et al., 1992).

CELOSIA CRISTATA L.
CELOSIA CRISTATA L.

Chemical Constituents

Hyaluronic acid has been isolated from the plant (Asolkar et al., 1992).

Distribution

Grown in garden.


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