Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Kalalavi | Agnimukhi | Gloriosa superba

Gloriosa superba
Kalalavi (Agnimukhi)

classification of Gloriosa superba

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Liliales

Family: Colchicaceae

Genus: Gloriosa

Common name:
Malabar glory lily

Nature of Gloriosa superba:-
An extensive climber on the leaves are elongated and their tips are modified as tendril. this adaptation helps the plant in climbing. the flowers are large, orange red coloured and very attractive.

characteristics of Gloriosa superba: Leaf tips modified into tendrils and beautiful showy flowers.

medicinal uses of Gloriosa superba: The roots and leaves used in snakebite. leaves given to cattle as antiworm treatment.
Colchicine, an alkaloid obtained from the tubers and seeds fetches high price in the market and used in scientific research.

position of Gloriosa superba: vulnerable in the wild.

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