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Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Genus: Saccharum
Botanical name: Saccharum spontaneum
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: kasah
Hindi: Kaans
English: Thatch grass, Wild sugarcane, Kans grass
Malayalam: Nannanapullu, Kusa
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Spikelets homomorphic, 2–7 mm long, awnless, of 1 fertile floret and 1 basal sterile lemma. Spikelet callus with silky silvery hairs 2–3 times longer than spikelet (to 12 mm long). Glumes as long as spikelet, chartaceous below, membranous above, acuminate, upper margins ciliate; lower glume 2–4 nerved; upper glume keeled. Sterile lemma half as long as spikelet, hyaline. Fertile lemma shorter than sterile lemma, hyaline. Internode and pedicel slender, bearing long hairs; internode ca. 4–7 mm long, pedicel ca. 1.5–3 mm long, apex of pedicel flared and hairy.
The roots are sweet, astringent, emollient, refrigerant, laxative, aphrodisiac and tonic. They are useful in vitiated conditions of pitta and vata, burning sensation, dyspepsia, menorrhagia, dysentery, agalactia and general debility.
Nannanapullu
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