Synonyms: Launaea pinnatifida Cass.
Family: Asteraceae - Aster family
Growth Habit: Herb
Tribal Name: Voshmula (Chakma).
A biennial herb. Stem procumbent, slender, glabrous. Leaves pinnatifid. Flowering branches long, slender. Heads usually at the nodes often clustered.
Taraxasterol has been isolated from leaves and taraxeryl acetate from the roots of the plant (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1990).
Crushed roots are eaten with sugar for the treatment of urethritis (Chakma).
The plant is given as a lactagogue. Juice of the plant is tonic, diuretic, aperient; applied in rheumatic affections and given as a soporific to children.
Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Cox's Bazar Khulna and Satkhira in sandy soils.
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