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Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Desmodium
Botanical name: Desmodium gangeticum DC.
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Salaparni, Guha, Sthira, anshumat
English: Desmodium gangeticum
Hindi: Sarivan
Malayalam: Orila
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Sal Leaved Desmodium is a coarse herb, growing up to 1.5 m tall, somewhat woody near base. Leaves are simple, which is uncommon for a Desmodium species, ovate- or elliptic, with a narrow tip, obtuse at base, 1.2-15.5 cm long, 0.9-5 cm wide. Leaf stalks are 0.4-2 cm long. Pea-flower shaped flowers are borne in racemes at the end of branches, or in leaf axils. Racemes are generally very long. Flowers are variable in colour, probably vary from one region to the other, white to red or purple or a combination such as pink and purple or mauve and white. Sepal cup is pale green, tinged reddish. Fruits are almost stalkless, up to 7-8-jointed.
Orila is a plant that belongs to the species of Desamulam. All the pills used in the treatment of Toxicology have this plant's root as one of its component.
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