Polianthes tuberosa Linn

Family ► Amaryllidaceae.

Habitat ► Native to Mexico; cultivated for ornamental use.

English ► Tuberose.

Ayurvedic ► Rajanigandhaa.

Siddha/Tamil ► Nilasampangi.

Folk ► Gulcheri, Gulshabbu.

Action ► Flowers and bulbs— diuretic. Externally used for skin eruptions. The bulbs are rubbed with turmeric and butter and applied over red pimples of infants. The bulbs are reported to contain an alkaloid, lycorin, which causes vomiting.

Dried and powdered bulbs are used for gonorrhoea.

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