Euphorbiaceae Week: Euphorbia helioscopia from Delhi

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Gurcharan Singh

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Mar 7, 2011, 11:14:08 AM3/7/11
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Euphorbia helioscopia L., Sp. pl. 1:459. 1753

A common weed in temperate climates and one of the very common species in Kashmir, this was found having naturalised in Delhi along Wheat and Mustard fields at Wazirabad in Delhi. The plant is supposed to be highly poisonous. Seeds are used in cholera, juice used in rheumatism and to remove warts.


Common names:

English: Sun spurge, umbrella milkweed and madwoman's milk
Hindi: Hirruseeah, mahabi
Punjab: Chatriwal, gandabuti, dudal

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Dr. Gurcharan Singh
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SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
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