Synonyms: Eclipta alba (L.) Hassk.
Eclipta erecta L.
Eclipta punctata L.
Verbesina alba L.
Verbesina prostrata L.
Family: Asteraceae - Aster family
Duration: Annual, Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Kesuti, Kesraj, Kalokeshi, Bhimraj
Tribal Name: Bahushi, Krongmy ( Marma), Aang-kuntuei (Khumi), Bakcheine (Bawm), Kalasona, Kalahuna (Chakma).
English Name: False daisy
An erect or prostrate herb. Leaves simple, oblong- lanceate, strigose. Flowers white or pale blue, in heterogamous heads; pappus absent. Achenes compressed black. Common in marginal land.
Eclipta prostrate (L.) L.
The plant contains an alkaloid, ecliptine. Leaves have been reported to contain saponins, including a-terthienylmethanol, ß-amyrin, wedelolactone, demethyl wedelolactone, its 7-O-glucoside, triterpene glycosides, stigmasterol and a small amount of 2-formyl-terthienyl. Aerial parts of Egyptian plant contain ß-amyrin, wedelactone, luteolin-7-glucoside, phytosterol A, its glucoside and glycoside of a triterpenic acid. A furanoid diterpene, columbin, has been isolated from the plant. (Ghani, 2003). Sixteen new biologically close related polyacetylenic thiophenes (I-XVI) have also been isolated from this plant (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).
The fresh juice of the leaves is rubbed on the shaven scalp for promoting hair growth and resist hairfall.
Throughout Bangladesh in fallow lands.
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