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Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Genus: Artemisia
Botanical name: Artemisia maritima
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Chauhara, Keetamari, Damanaka, Madanaka, Yavani
Hindi: Nagadona, Davana, Kiramani
English: Indian Worm wood, Fleabane, Mugwort, Worm seed
Malayalam: Makkipoovu, Kolunnu, Masipatri
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Indian Worm wood is a tall herbaceous perennial plant growing 1-2 m (rarely 2.5 m) tall, with a woody root. The leaves are 5-20 cm long, dark green, pinnate, with dense white tomentose hairs on the underside. The erect stem often has a red-purplish tinge.
The rather small flowers (5 mm long) are radially symmetrical with many yellow or dark red petals. The narrow and numerous capitula (flower heads) spread out in racemose panicles. In kerala Makkippuvu is the plant which is used for karpuratulasi. The leaves of this plant have a camphor like smell, and this is why it is called karpuratulasi. It flowers from July to September.
Artemisia maritima
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