Tragopogon porrifolius Linn

Family ► Compositae; Asteraceae.

Habitat ► Native to Europe; grown in Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra.

English ► Salify, Vegetable-Oyster, Purple Goat's Beard, Oyster Plant.

Action ► Root—specific in obstructions of the gall in jaundice; antibilious. Also used for treating arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure.

T. porrifolius contain several flavo-noids, including orientin and iso-orientin.

The seeds yield an oil which contains a saturated epoxy acid viz. cis-9, 10-epoxysteric acid and several conjugated dienoic acids.

Cooked flashy roots of T. porrifolius contain sodium 8, potassium 183, calcium 60, magnesium 14, iron 1.2, copper 0.1, phosphorus 53, sulphur 25 and chlorine 46 mg/100 g. A large parts of carbohydrates occur as inulin.

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