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Herb: Harpagophytum Procumbens

(Common name:- Devilís claw)

Classification

Harpagophytum procumbens

History

Harpagophytum is commonly known as devil's claw which originates from the desert regions of south and southeast Africa.

Traditionally and historically people used this plant to treat various body disorders in the form of decoction, powder and infusion.

Plant Description

Devil's claw is native plant of southern part of African continent and usually found in Kalahari sands of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

It is ground trailing perennial weed of about 18 inches and having a central taproot that grows upto 2 meters deep.

The storage tubers which appear like sweet potatoes branch off horizontally

The leaves are large, grayish-green in colour, having 3-5 lobes that are covered in white mucilaginous cell.

Flowers are trumpet shaped and appears in pink, red or purple with a yellowish centre.

Cultivation

The habitat of devil's claw is parts of southern African continent where the soils are generally dried, sandy and sometimes rocky.

The flowers bloom mainly in November to April and bears fruits near January.

Parts Used

Leaves and roots

Constituents

Two chief constituents of devil's claw are harpagoside and beta-sitosterol.

Uses

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