Synonyms: Lindenbergia urticaefolia Lehm.
Family: Scrophulariaceae - Figwort family.
Growth Habit: Herb
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Basanti, Haldi Basanti.
Tribal Name: Thun (Murang).
An annual, small, erect herb, 15-50 cm high. Leaves 2-5 cm long, ovate, subacute, crenate-serrate, usually glandular-villous. Flowers yellow, solitary or 2-nate in the axils of large leaves, sometimes running out into axillary or terminal leafy racemes; corolla yellow, 1.3 cm long, 2-lipped. Capsules oblong.
Various parts of the plant contain a large number of long-chain hydrocarbons, ß-sitosterol, ß-sitosterol palmitate, ß-sitosterol- ß-D-glucoside, mannitol and apigenin (Ghani, 2003).
Root Juice of the plant is given in chronic bronchitis. Fruit is eaten in diarrhea. Seeds are eaten as curry. Powder is prepared from seeds used as additive in curry (Murang).
Dhaka, Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Comilla and Sylhet in fallow lands.
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