(Common name:- Lal chitrak)
- Kingdom- Plantae
- Division- Magnoliophyta
- Class- Magnoliopsida
- Order- Caryophyllales
- Family- Plumbaginnaceae
- Genus- Plumbago
- Species- P. indica
Lal chitrak is an ornamental plant which is found in most gardens in
It is native mainly to India and can be found anywhere in sunny places.
Plumbago is perennial shrub that goes upto a height of 2 to 4 feet.
Leaves of this plant can be measure as 3 inch long and 1and ½ inch
The flower stalk is 4-12 cm long that produces red colour flowers in
The fruit is a long and slender containing long seeds. The roots are long
like fingers and are aromatic in taste.
Plumbago is normally a native to India and can be found extensively in
Sikkim, and eastern Himalayas.
The roots of plumbago are rich in plumbagin- a yellow coloured
substance, sucrose, fructose and protease.
- The root of plumbago acts as acrid, vesicant and abortefacient. The
oil is used to treat rheumatism, joint pains and paralysis.
- It is also used to treat syphilis, leucoderma, skin disorders,
indigestion, piles, worms, liver disorders and fever.
- English-: red leadwort
- Hindi-: Lal chitrak
- Sanskrit-: rakata chitrak
- Gujrati-: chitro
- Oriya-: ogni
- Bengali-: rakta chitrak
- Kannada-: chitramulika
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