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Sachin Chorge

Apr 20, 2008, 1:39:18 PM4/20/08
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Hi, Friends.
This one I captured in Thane region in Yeoor (SGNP), I found in a dried river. height 1-n-half ft.

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nabha meghani

Apr 20, 2008, 4:19:22 PM4/20/08
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in Maharashtra girls ( used to ) play sagaragote. sagaragote i think areseed of something.
Can someone plz. tell me what sagaragote are, and if possible a picture of the tree / flower/ ....
Thanks a lot.
BTW. is this also played in any other part of India?
Excuse me for this off topic question. Wish you a good start in the new week.

Mahadeswara Swamy

Apr 20, 2008, 10:51:45 PM4/20/08
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Looks like  Argemone mexicana (family : papavaraceae) ?
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Rajneesh Suvarna

Apr 20, 2008, 11:40:51 PM4/20/08
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That is Mexican Poppy (Argemone mexicana) known as locally as pivla dhotra/bhamamdandi/satyanashi.
Interesting fact : It has seeds which are similar to mustard and is used to produce what is known as Argemone/Katkar oil. This was in the news some years back as a scam of adulterating mustard oil was unearthed, this adulterated oil caused a lot of deaths due to Dropsy.

Rajneesh Suvarna

Apr 20, 2008, 11:43:24 PM4/20/08
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Another common name that I know is Prickly poppy


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Pankaj Oudhia

Apr 21, 2008, 3:15:10 AM4/21/08
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Agreed with Dr.Swamy. It is Argemone mexicana. It spreads through water. This is reason you will find it near  nallah and  rivers.

Links to Argemone articles



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Vasant Barve

Apr 21, 2008, 6:15:56 AM4/21/08
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1) This common weed throughout Maharastra and know as Bilatat.
2) Flower is beautiful
3) Fruit is interesting. It like a basket with a suspender. And seeds being loose can be poured out.
4) Lots of thorns.
5) It has a medicinal value. It dialets the pupils of eye 

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J.M. Garg

Apr 23, 2008, 4:57:42 AM4/23/08
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Here are extracts from Wikipedia link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argemone_mexicana

Argemone mexicana (Mexican Poppy, Mexican Prickly Poppy or Cardosanto) is a species of poppy found in Mexico and now widely naturalized in the United States, India and Ethiopia. An annual herb with bright yellow sap, it has been used by the Natives of the western US and parts of Mexico. The seed-pods secrete a pale-yellow latex substance when cut open. This argemone resin contains berberine and protopine, and is used medicinally as a sedative.

The seeds contain 22-36% of a pale yellow non-edible oil, called argemone oil or katkar oil, which contains the toxic alkaloids sanguinarine and dihydrosanguinarine. Surprisingly, the oil is used to grease the cooking plate to bake the injera in Ethiopia. The seeds resemble the seeds of Brassica nigra (mustard). As a result, mustard can be adulterated by argemone seeds, rendering it poisonous. The oil itself is used medicinally to treat dropsy, jaundice and skin diseases. Katkar oil poisoning causes epidemic dropsy, with symptoms including extreme swelling, particularly of the legs. Several significant instances of katkar poisoning have been reported in India, Fiji, South Africa and other countries.[1] The last major outbreak in India occurred in 1998. 1% adulteration of mustard oil by argemone oil has been shown to cause clinical disease.[2]

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