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Red bush Plant

Scientific name of Red bush plant: Persicaria chinensis

Name of Red bush plant in different languages:-

English: Chinese knotweed

Hindi: जंगली पालक jungali palak

Malayalam: Thiruthanni-തിരുതാന്നി, piripu- പിരിപ്പ്, Karalakam- കരളകം

Plant description:

Red bush or Chinese Knotweed is a perennial herb, commonly in Evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests, growing up to 1 m tall, stem reddish, glabrous, the leaves are arranged alternately, ovate-oblong, length 5 to 10 cm long and 3 cm wide, midrib violet-red colored, on upper side of the there is a reddish-brown arrow shaped spot. Flowers are small, white, arranged as capitated, inflorescence found in axillaries. Fruits are small, white berries, globose, transparent, in maturity it turns black, fruits edible, sour tasting. Flowering is September to December.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Ovate Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 ovate  Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate

Useful plant parts:

The whole plant

Medicinal uses:

To treat skin disease, shoot decoction is used to increase the  general health of pregnant ladies, Stomach ache, depurative, eczema, eye disease, Juice of the stem is poured to cure eye disease, healing Wounds.

Chemical contents:

Flavonoids, chalcones, sesquiterpenoids, lignans, coumarins, anthraquinones, napthoquinones.

Medicinal properties:

Anti microbial, diuretic, anti- inflammatory and antipyretic agents

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