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Withania somnifera Herb

(Common name:- Ashwagandha)

Classification

Ashwagandha also known as Indian ginseng, Winter cherry, Ajagandha, Kanaje Hindi and Samm Al Ferakh

Withania somnifera

Plant Description

Ashwagandha is a small, branched, perennial woody shrub that grows usually about 2 feet in height and is naturally found in diverse areas ranging from Africa, the Mediterranean and East into India. Because of its wide range, there is considerable morphological and chemo typical variations in terms of local species.

Ashwagandha has sessile, axillary, greenish or lurid yellow flowers. They are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs)

The fruit is Orange-red berry, smooth, oblong, rounded or somewhat produced at base.

It has a more or less tuberous root

The seeds are yellow and scurfy.

The fruit is harvested in the late fall and the bright yellow seeds are dried for planting in the following spring.





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