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Mongoose plant

Scientific name of Mongoose plant: Ophiorrhiza mungos

Name of Mongoose/Payang-payang-gubat   plant in different languages:

Sanskrit: Sarpakshi, Sarpari

Hindi: Sarhati

Malayalam: Avilpori- അവിൽപ്പൊരി, Keeripacha-കീരിപ്പച്ച

Plant description:

It is an endemic, half-woody, erect, western Ghats herb growing up to 2.5 feet tall, flowering plants with small white flowers, leaves are 7 cm long and 3 cm wide, very thin, elliptic, Capsules are 2 to 6 millimeters in diameter.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Oblong, Elliptic Margin-Entire Venation-Pinnate
longitudinal  Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate


Useful plant parts:

Whole plant.

Medicinal uses:

Alkaloid has been extracted from this plant, which is used to treat cancers (used to make chemotherapeutic agents), to remove anti-toxic matters from the body.


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