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kamsamara - Hugonia mystax Linn.

kamsamara :

kamsamara : Hugonia mystax Linn. Hugonia mystax is a species of plant in the Linaceae family found in India and Sri Lanka.[1]The roots of the plant are astringent and bittersweet, and are used to treat fevers, verminosis, and inflammations.[

Taxonomical Classification

Kingdom: Plantae - Plants
Family: Linaceae
Genus: Hugonia
Species: Hugonia mystax


Sanskrit: kamsamarah
English: Climbing flax
Telugu: adavigoranta, gathontha, gatrinta
Tamil: Mothirakanni, agori, agure, akori
Malayalam: Modirakkanni, Kaarthotti
Kannada: balle, kaaka beera, modira kanni gida •


Synonyms in Ayurveda: kamsamara

Rasa: Kashaya Madhura Tikta
Guna: Guru
Veerya: Sheetha

Parts used for medicinal purpose

Root, ,


Climbing Flax is a rambling, climbing scrub with yellow velvet-hairy twigs. Branchlets are horizontal, provided with a pair of strong circinate hooks. Leaves are simple, alternate, elliptic-obovate hairless and penninerved. Flowers are yellow, about 2.5 cm across, borne at the ends of the branchlets, on short stalks, clothed with soft yellow hairs. Petals are many times longer than the sepals. Fruits are globose fleshy drupes, seeds 2 or 3 compressed.

Geographical distribution:

Climbing Flax is found in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. 

General Use:

The roots are astringent, bitter, sweet, febrifuge and anthelmintic. They are useful in fever, verminosis and vitiated conditions of vata, externally as a past for inflammations and used swelling due to viper bite.

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