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Willow-leaved Justicia

Scientific name of willow-leaved justicia: Justicia gendarussa

Name of willow-leaved justicia in different languages:-

English: Black Vasa, Black Malabar nut

Sanskrit: Vataghni, कसनः,  Kasanah, वैध्यसिंहा, Vaidyasinha

Hindi: Nilinirgundi, बाकस, Bakas

Tamil: வாடாக்கொடி Vatakkoti, வாடைக்குற்றி Vataikkurri

Malayalam: Vathamkolly-വാതംകൊല്ലി 

Plant description:

Willow-leaved justicia or Black Malabar nut is an erect, smooth medium branched shrub, up to 1.5 m tall, the leaves are lance-shaped, up to 14 cm long and up to 2.5 cm wide, tapered at the ends. The flowers are bluish-white, borne in 4 to 12 cm long spikes, at the branch apex,s or in leaf axils, about 1.5 cm long, with purple spots. The fruits are capsules, club-shaped, smooth, about 12 mm long.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-LinearMargin-EntireVenation-Reticulate
 Linear-parellel-marginn-elongated Margin_Entire Recticulate

Useful plant parts:

The whole plant

Medicinal uses:

To treat bronchitis, migraine, asthma, rheumatism headache cough, fever, fractured bone and children’s colics

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