Rotula aquatica

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manudev madhavan

Feb 24, 2011, 6:30:14 AM2/24/11
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Dear all,
attaching the photograph of Rotula aquatica Lour, Collected from Kannur, Kerala near Aralam Wildlife sanctuary
Rotula aquatica is a species of aromatic flowering shrub in the borage family, Boraginaceae. It is a rare rheophyte native to India, where it is a member of the lotic ecosystem of streams.[1] The plant is a mandatory component of many ayurvedic drug preparations and is an important traditional medicine for kidney and bladder stones. The root tuber is astringent, bitter, diuretic and also useful in treating coughs, heart diseases, dysuria, blood disorders, fever, poisonings, ulcers and uterine diseases.[2] Root decoctions are both diuretic and laxative and are used to treat bladder stones and sexually transmitted diseases.[3] Plants were exploited for their medicinal properties by excavating the roots, causing them to die. (

Manudev K Madhavan
Junior Research Fellow
Systematic & Floristic Lab,
Department of Botany, 
Centre for Postgraduate Studies & Research 
St. Joseph's College, Devagiri
Kozhikode- 673 008
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tanay bose

Feb 24, 2011, 7:44:09 AM2/24/11
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Nice catch Manu Ji
Tanay Bose
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