Salvia plebeia from Morni Hills

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Gurcharan Singh

Apr 27, 2011, 8:50:35 AM4/27/11
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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.

Local names:
Beng: kala-buradi, bhua tulasi
Punjab: Sathi, samundar sok
Mumbai: Kammar kas (seed)
Mundari: jingiba

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
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tanay bose

Apr 27, 2011, 10:08:05 AM4/27/11
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Yes Nice catch 
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Balkar Arya

Apr 28, 2011, 12:09:47 AM4/28/11
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Thanks Sir for the id of this plant


Dr Balkar Singh
Head, Deptt. of Botany and Biotechnology
Arya P G College, Panipat
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