[efloraofindia:35655] Ranunculus sceleratus from Delhi

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Gurcharan Singh

May 23, 2010, 12:33:03 AM5/23/10
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Ranunculus sceleratus L. from Delhi, commonly found along river banks, stream banks and wetlands in general
Eng: Celery leaved crowfoot, Blister buttercup; 
Delhi: Jaldhania; 
Kumaon: Shim; 
Mundari: Bir-mani

Toxic for animals but toxicity destroyed on drying and boiling. Consumed as vegetable after boilingJuice used in sciatica, rheumatism, dysuria, asthma, pneumonia. Drug used as vermifuge and for cutaneous disorders

Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297  Mob: 9810359089

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R. Vijayasankar

May 23, 2010, 12:38:16 AM5/23/10
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Nice pictures Gurcharan ji. thanks for the useful info in crisp.

With regards

R. Vijayasankar

tanay bose

May 23, 2010, 2:10:43 AM5/23/10
to R. Vijayasankar, Gurcharan Singh, efloraofindia, Flowers of India
Lovely Set of captures Gurcharan ji, I am adding a bit more elaborate use of this plant.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.

Young plant cooked. It is said to be not unwholesome if the plant is boiled and the water thrown away and then the plant cooked again. Caution is strongly advised; see the notes above on toxicity and below on medicinal uses.

Medicinal Uses

The celery-leafed buttercup is one of the most virulent of our native plants. The whole plant is acrid, anodyne, antispasmodic, diaphoretic and emmenagogue and rubefacient. When bruised and applied to the skin it raises a blister and creates a sore that is by no means easy to heal. If chewed it inflames the tongue and produces violent effects. The herb should be used fresh since it loses its effects when dried. The leaves and the root are used externally as an antirheumatic. The seed is tonic and is used in the treatment of colds, general debility, rheumatism and spermatorrhoea.

Other Uses

An extract of the leaves can be used as a fungicide



Tanay Bose
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