Synonym ► Dendrophthoe pentandra (Linn.) Miq.
Family ► Loranthaceae.
Habitat ► Sylhet. (A parasite found on trees.)
Action ► Leaves—used as poultice for sores and ulcers. The twigs contain quercitrin and a wax, which gives melissyl alcohol. The twig ash (8.95%) contains manganese (0.26%).
Luffa acutangula (Linn.) Roxb. var. amara (Roxb.) C. B. Clarke.
Family ► Cucurbitaceae.
Habitat ► Throughout India.
English ► Ribbed or Ridged Gourd (bitter var.).
Ayurvedic ► Katukoshataki, Tik-takoshtaki.
Action ► Plant—purgative, diuretic. Used for oedema, splenic enlargement, cough and asthma. Seeds— emetic, expectorant.
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