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Opium poppy

Scientific name of Opium poppy: Papaver somniferum 

Name of Opium poppy in different languages:-

English: Opium

Malayalam: Karuppu കറുപ്പ്

Plant description of Opium poppy-

Opium poppy - Papaver somniferum is an annual herb, growing about 100cm tall. All parts of the plant are strongly glacious, greyish-green, and the stem and leaves are sparsely covered with hairs. The leaves are grayish green, lobed. The flowers are white to petals deep red; grow up to 120mm diameter. Fruit is a hair-less and rounded. All parts of the plant emit a white latex when get wounded, which contain the opium.

Useful plant parts: Flower capsule’s latex (Opium)

Medicinal uses: relieving severe pain, to prepare morphine or codeine

Chemical content: Alkaloid (Morphine), Sedative

How to prepare medicines:

Opium poppy is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

Ashtaskhari Gulika

Chargeryadi Gulika


MadhumehariYog tablet

Ponkaradi Gulka


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