Botanical name: Leucas aspera
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Dronapushpi, Chitrapatrika, Phalepushpa, Drona
English : Thumbe
Hindi : Chota halkusa
Malayalam : Tumba
Tumbae is an erect and diffusely branched annual herb. Leaves are linear or oblong, 2.5 to 7.5 cm long with blunt tips and scalloped margins. Whorls are large, terminal and axillary, about 2.5 cm in diameter and crowded with white bell shaped flowers. Calyx is variable, with an upper lip and short, triangular teeth.
Tumbae is used to stop the nauseating feeling, in the preparation of Thalam (medicine to be kept on the centre of the head) and is also used for Naseum (medcine to be poured in to the nose).