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Aksan, Askand.

Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal
Synonym:
Physalis somnifera L.
Plant Family:
Solanaceae.
Habit & Habitat:
A perennial low woody herb, up to 100cm tall, found in sub-tropical zone.
Plant Description:
Leaves simple, hairy, elliptic-ovate or broadly ovate. Inflorescence axillary clusters. Flower actinomorphic, small,subsessile, greenish-yellow. Calyx becoming membranous. Corolla lobes triangular. Fruit a berry,globose,6-8mm broad,red.Seed pear to kidney shaped, yellowish-brown.
Flowering and Fruiting:
May-December.
Harvesting Time:
May-March.
Medicinal Value:
Useful in digestive disorders, rheumatism, tuberculosis and insomnia. [4] Locally taken as aphrodisiac tonic with milk or butter.
Part Used:
Root.
Occurrence:
Uncommon.
Future Perspective:
Conservation, Cultivation, Herbal Pharmacy, Allopathic Pharmacy.
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