Medicinal Plants of Bangladesh
Medicinal Plants Database of Bangladesh includes the authentic Taxonomic Information, Vernacular/Bangla Name, Tribal and English Name, Family, Description and Photograph of the Plants, Chemical Constituents, Uses and Distribution of the species in Bangladesh. MPBD also contain dictionary of Botanical and Pharmacological terms.
Synonyms: Launaea pinnatifida Cass.
Description of the Plant:
A glabrous flagelliform, procumbent perennial herb, rooting and leaf-bearing at the nodes and arching between them. Leaves radical, 2.5-75 cm long, oblong, runcinate-pinnatifid or sinuate-toothed or lobed. Heads 1-1.3 cm long, solitary or in clusters of 1-2, arising from the nodes together with the cauline leaves.
The plant is given as a lactagogue. Juice of the plant is tonic, diuretic, aperient; applied in rheumatic affections and given as a soporific to children (Yusuf et al. 2009).
Taraxasterol has been isolated from leaves and taraxeryl acetate from the roots of the plant (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1990).
Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Nizhum Deep, on the sand-dunes.