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Kashmari Chahu.

Artemisia roxburghiana Wall.
Synonym:
Plant Family:
Asteraceae.
Habit & Habitat:
A strongly aromatic perennial herb up to 70cm tall,found in sub-alpine and alpine zones.
Plant Description:
Stem several, often purplish tinged,whitish and hairy.Leaves almost sessile,oblong-ovate to broadly elliptic,green above,greynish white arachnoid beneath,bipinnatisect.Middle stem leaves auricled at the base. Inflorescence composed of heterogamous capitula,sessile or very short peduncled. Florets 20-40,usually purple-brown tinged,fertile. Marginal 5-8 with 2-dentate corolla. Disc florets 15-30 with 5-toothed corolla. Fruit a cypsela,brown.
Flowering and Fruiting:
July-October.
Harvesting Time:
August-December.
Medicinal Value:
Locally whole plant extract is useful in fever, diabetes. Decoction is used for stomach healing, worm killing and to cure allergies in local areas.
Part Used:
Whole plant.
Occurrence:
Very common at high altitudes.
Future Perspective:
Collection, Drying, Packing, Herbal Pharmacy, Allopathic Pharmacy, Cosmetic.
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