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Thymus linearis Benth.

Lamiaceae.
Local Name:
Chikal.
Synonym:
T. serpyllum acut.non L.
Habit and Habitat:
An aromatic, prostrate, carpet forming herb, found in sub-alpine zone.
Taxonomic Features:
Leaves simple, entire, elliptic-ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 4-10 mm long and 4-5 mm broad with doted glands. Inflorescence capitate,verticillasters 2-many flowered. Flower zygomorphic, pink purplish or violet. Calyx 2-lipped. Corolla 2-lipped, upper lip 2-lobed, lower 3-lobed. Fruit nutlets type,fragment when ripe, pale brown, ovoid.
Flowering and Fruiting:
June-October.
Harvesting Time:
June-November.
Medicinal Value:
It is used as tea which eases flatulence and soothes digestive system. Infusion of leaves is useful in skin diseases, also used to improve eye sight, suppression of urine and menstruation. The leaves are given as vermifuge. [5][15] A local medicine called Chikal Anda (Thyme+ fried egg) is used in back pain, particularly for females. It has antifungal,antibacterial and expectorant properties useful in cold, sore throat, cough and in bronchitis.
Part Used:
Whole plant.
Occurrence:
Uncommon.
Future Perspective:
Conservation, Cultivation, Oil Extraction, Herbal Pharmacy, Cosmetic.
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