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Porcupine Flower

Scientific name of Porcupine Flower: Barleria prionitis

Name of Porcupine Flower in different languages:-

English: Porcupine Flower, Common yellow nail dye, Thorny nail dye.

Hindi: jhintiv-झिण्टी, parush-परुष,  Pila piyabansa-पीला पियाबांसा 

Sanskrit: kurantaka, saireyaka, artagala, sahacara, kurataka

Malayalam: Manjakanakambaram -മഞ്ഞക്കനകാംബരം

Tamil: செம்முள்ளி Chemmulli, கோரண்டம் Korantam, கொடிப்பசலை Kotippachelai

Plant description:-

Porcupine Flower-Barleria prionitis is a flowering shrub, erect, prickly branches, grow up to 1.5 m tall. The leaves are pale green, oval-shaped tapered at both ends, up to 10 cm long and 4 cm wide. The flowers are deep yellow to orange, up to 4 cm long and tubular. The seeds are in a capsule, ovate- oblong, up to 2 cm long, with a pointed beak, contains two large, flat seeds, up to 8 mm long and 5 mm broad.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Ovate Margin-Entire Venation-reticulated
 ovate  Margin_Entire  Recticulate


Useful plant parts:

Whole plants.

Medicinal uses:

Maceration and cracking, treating fever, respiratory diseases, toothache, joint pains, toothache and treat bleeding gums, healing of wounds and to relieve joint pains and toothache.

Chemical content:


How to prepare medicines:

It is  one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

Sarvamayanthaka Ghritam

Prabhanjana Vimardanam Thailam


Neela Kanakambaram Vella Kanakambaram
Blue-procupine plant Vella kanakambaram


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