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Family: Oxalidaceae
Genus: Biophytum
Botanical name: Biophytum sensitivum Linn.
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Viparita lajjalu, Jhulapushpa, Peethapushpa
English: Biophytum
Hindi: Lajjalu, Lakshmana
Malayalam: Mukkutti
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Mukkutti plant is known for its interesting characteristic similar to the of Touch-Me-Not. It is an annual herb which looks like a miniature palm, with unbranched stems up to 30 cm in height but usually shorter. The leaves are pinnately compound, numerous, crowded at the apex of the stem, and 5-12 cm long, with 8-14 pairs of leaflets. The leaflets gradually increases in size upward, being 1.5 centimeters long or less, oblong to oblong-ovate, and often somewhat curved. The leaflets close when touched. The flowers are many, and crowded at the apices of the numerous peduncles. The sepals are lanceolate, striate, and about 7 mm long. The 5 rounded petals are yellow with red markings. The fruit is a capsule which is shorter than the persistent calyx. During the festival of Onam in Kerala, intricate and colourful arrangements of flowers laid on the floor, called Pookalam are made. The Paste of the leves of mukkutti when applied on the wounds of snake bite make quire faster.
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