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Family: Nymphaeaceae (Waterlily family)
Genus: Euryale
Botanical name: Euryale ferox
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Makhannam
Hindi:
English: Prickly Water Lily, Gorgon Plant, Fox nut
Malayalam: Kayalpove
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Prickly Water Lily grows in water, producing bright purple flowers. The leaves are large and round, often more than a meter (3 feet) across, with a leaf stalk attached in the centre of the lower surface. The underside of the leaf is purplish, while the upper surface is green. The leaves have a quilted texture, although the stems, flowers, and leaves which float on the surface are covered in sharp prickles. Other leaves are submerged. In India, Kayalpove normally grows in ponds, wetlands etc. Recently the Indian Council of Agricultural Research have found out a technique for the field cultivation of Euryale.
Prickly Water Lily can reinforce the spleen , kidney and improve appetite .It has the effect of preservating body essence and arresting chronic diarrhoea, seminal discharge, spermatorrhea, and leucorrhagia.
Prickly Water Lily edible seeds are used in traditional Chinese medicine, where they are often cooked in soups along with other ingredients.
Prickly Water Lily
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