Peganum harmala L. of Zygophyllaceae, growing along roadside between Sri Ganga Nagar and Sri Karan Pur in Rajasthan, photographed on 17-4-2010. The only plant was able to click on my trip to Karan Pur. The plant important medicinally seen earlier by me in Hari Parbat area of Srinagar, Kashmir some 35 years back.
English: Harmal, Syrian rue, Foreign henna, Wild rue; Hindi: Harmal, isband lahouri, lahouri harmal; Beng & Kashmir: Isband; Mar: Harmala; Guj: Harmal, ispun; Tel & Kan: simagoranta; Tam: Simaiyaravandi, simayaiyalavinai
Seeds constitute drug harmal; infusion of seeds produce mild intoxication like Cannabis sativa. Seeds also yield a red dye and a fatty oil called zit-el-harmel. Decoction of leaves given in rheumatism
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