NYMPHAEA STELLATA Willd.

Family: Nymphaeaceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Chhoto Shaluk, Nil Padma, Nil Sapla, Sundi.

English Name: Blue water-lily.

Description of the Plant:
An aquatic herb. Leaves 12.5-20 cm diam., elliptic-orbicular, rather broadly peltate, margins irregularly repand-dentate, often blotched with purple or dull red on the under surface. Petioles and pedicels very long. Flowers solitary, 7.5-15 cm diam., pale violet, less commonly light blue or purple; petals oblong to oblong-lanceolate. Fruit a globular spongy berry.

Using Information:
The plant is cooling and alterative; dispels biliousness, improve taste, strengthens the body and promotes the growth of hair. Leaves are applied topically in erysipelas. Decoction of the flower is narcotic and anti-aphrodisiac. Seeds are considered a powerful stomachic and restorative. Infusion of the roots and the stem is considered emollient and diuretic; it is taken against blenorrhagia and diseases of the urinary tract.

Distribution:
All over the country in lakes, ponds and ditches.


NYMPHAEA STELLATA
NYMPHAEA STELLATA Willd.



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