State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Ayapana triplinervis (Vahl) R.M.King & H.Rob.

  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Vernacular names: Ayyapana, Vishapacha, അയ്യപ്പന, വിഷപച്ച (Malayalam), Ayyappana (English), Ajaparnah (Sanskrit), Ayappani (Tamil)
  • Distribution: Native of tropical America
  • Description: Slender perennial herbs, somewhat woody at the base, creeping and rooting at the lower nodes, branches ascending; young shoots purple. Leaves simple, opposite, narrowly elliptic or lanceolate, base cuneate, acuminate at apex distantly toothed or nearly entire margins, triplinerved. Inflorescence a lax, few-headed corymbs. Achenes, narrowly oblong, 5-angled; pappus ca 3 mm long.
  • Habit: Herb
  • Habitat: Grown as medicinal plant
  • Flowering & Fruiting: January-March

  • Parts used: Leaves
  • Properties & Uses: Cardiotonic and digestive. The leaves are used in ulcer, cough, asthma, fever, stomach troubles, piles, skin irruptions and scabies.
  • Systems of Medicines: Ayurveda, Folk,
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