RANUNCULUS SCELERATUS L.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Palik, Podika, Kandir.

English Name: Celery-leaved Crowfoot, Indian Buttercup.

Description of the Plant:
An erect annual, herb, 0.3-0.6 m high; stems and branches hollow, deeply furrowed, glabrous. Radical leaves 18-37 mm diam., reniform, 3-partite lobed or notched. Upper cauline leaves 3-partite, the segments narrow-oblong. Flowers small, pale yellow, 6-12 mm diam. Fruit oblong-ovoid, 6-9 mm long.

Using Information:
The fresh plant is poisonous, and produces violent effect if taken internally. The seeds are used as tonic and stomachic; also prescribed in kidney troubles. Bruised leaves are vesicant; applied externally to rise blisters; used in the treatment of sciatica, rheumatism, dysuria, asthma and pneumonia. Tincture of the leaves is given in small diluted doses to cures stitch in the side and neuralgic pains between the ribs; likewise of pleurisy without feverishness (Yusuf et al. 2009).

Chemical Constituents:
The plant contains the insecticidal lactones, anemone acid and an essential oil (Ghani, 2003). Plant also contains anemonin and 2.5% protoanemonin just after full flower; considered most deadly poison (Chopra et al., 1992).

Distribution:
Banks of rivers in most of the districts.


RANUNCULUS SCELERATUS
RANUNCULUS SCELERATUS L.



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