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Snake jasmine

Scientific name of Snake jasmine: Rhinacanthus nasuta

Name of Snake jasmine in different languages:-

English: Dainty Spurs

Sanskrit: यूथिकापर्णी yuthikaparni

Hindi: कबुतर का फुल kabutar ka phul, Jupani

Tamil: Nagamalli

Malayalam: Nagamulla നാഗമുല്ല, Ottakkal mudanthi-ഒറ്റക്കാൽമുടന്തി

Plant description:

Snake jasmine -Rhinacanthus nasutus is a small erect, branched, slender, shrub, grow up to 1.5 m tall, endemic to India, leaves are simple, arranged oppositely, tapered at both end, up to 10 cm long and 4 cm wide, oblong. Flowers are small, white, four petals, found in clusters at the branch end. The fruits are the capsules with club-shaped and usually contains four seeds.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-lanceolate Margin-Entire Venation-Recticulate
 lanceolate-ointed-at-both-ends  Margin_Entire  Recticulate


Useful plant parts: Root, leaf

Medicinal uses of Snake jasmine:

Medically it is used in the treatments of herpes,  hepatitis, eczema, diabetes, hypertension, pulmonary tuberculosis, Ringworm, Snakebite, Alzheimer's disease etc. and also  to reduce itching due to allergy.

Chemical Contents

Beta sitoserol,  phenols, lupeol, rhinacanthus A& B,  saponins, and tannins.

Medicinal Properties

Anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-viral,, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antidote,  and anti-proliferative.


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