Salvia plebeia R. Br., Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holl. 500. 1810
syn: Salvia brachiata Roxb.
Annual, up to 60 cm tall, usually branched from base; covered with glandular and eglandular hairs; leaves opposite, ovate-elliptic to oblong, 2-6 cm long, base rounded to cuneate, margin crenate to serrate, finely pilose; flowers small, forming up to 25 cm long panicles,; calyx about 2.6 mm long, 2-lipped up to 1/3,; corolla pale pink to white, 2.5-4 mm long, tube 2 mm long, pilose; nutlets brownish, mucilaginous on wetting.
Photographed from open hill slopes in Morni hills tract on April 9, 2011.
Beng: kala-buradi, bhua tulasi
Punjab: Sathi, samundar sok
Mumbai: Kammar kas (seed)
Mucilaginous seeds are used in menorrhagia, diarrhoea and hemorrhoids. Mucilage also used for giving gloss to hair.
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
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