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kannanthali - Exacum bicolor Roxb.

kannanthali - Exacum bicolor Roxb. - Gentianaceae


Kannanthali: Exacum bicolor Roxb. Flower The plant is photographed from laterite rocky area or ezhimala, the natural habitat of this plant. This plant is in the verge of extinction due to over exploitation of Laterite rock. You can not find this plant anywhere in this earth as this plant is endemic to this area.. People of Kerala are well familiar with the name as many poems and songs mention the beauty of this plant. The petals are looking like the kajal laid beautiful eyes, and thus the name "kannanthali". 

Regarding the medicinal property, this plant is good for inflammation and burning sensation.

Taxonomical Classification

Kingdom: Plantae - Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta - Vascular plants
Order: Gentianales
Family: Gentianaceae


Sanskrit: Akshipushpi
Hindi: Avachiretta, Bara-charayatah, Habshi-charayatah
Marathi: उडी चिरायत Udi chirayat
Tamil: செடீ Cheti
Malayalam: കണ്ണാന്തളി
Kannada: Dodda Chirayutha
Assamese: Sher-ri-takti


Synonyms in Ayurveda: കണ്ണാന്തളി

Rasa: Kashaya Tikta
Guna: Laghu Sheetha

Parts used for medicinal purpose

Whole plant, ,

Geographical distribution:

Growing naturally in rocky grasslands of Kerala.

General Use:

Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, inflammation, hemorrhage, fever and burning sensation. This plant is on the verge of extinction due to uncontrolled man made destructive activities.

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