Polygala chinensis L.

    (Milkwort Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : SANJIVANI FAMILY (संजीवनी फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : POLYGALACEAE
  • Synonym(s) : Polygala buxiformis Hassk.; Polygala telephioides Willd.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Polygala chinensis L.
  • Common name : Common Polygala, Indian milkwort
  • Vernacular name : Amrithanjan chedi (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Open deciduous forests, moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
  • Comments / notes : Extracts of plant used in chronic diarrhoea and inflammation. (Franklin & Murthy, 2013)
  • Flower, Fruit : April-January
  • Collector(s) Name : Raja K.Swamy & Arun Singh R
  • Collection Date : 12/09/2014
  • Collection Nos : HJCB-E-0195
  • Collection Locality : Pudunur forest, Tiruvannamalai district (TN)
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Rollapent, Kammuvaripalli, Nallamalai Hills (Kurnool district), Bukkapatnam RF (Anantapur district), Kurnool district (Kurnool district)
    • Kerala : Wayanad district, Idukki district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Tamil Nadu : Marudahalli RF (Dharmapuri district), Sirumalai Hills (Dindigul district), Chitteri hills (Vellore district), Kanchipuram (Changalpattu-CGP) district, Kanyakumari district, Ramanathapuram district, Tirunelveli district, The Nilgiri district, Salem district, Villipuram district, Cuddalore district, Tiruchirapalli district
  • World Distribution : India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, South China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, New Guinea
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2002 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 1; Franklin Benjamin & G.V.S.Murthy, 2013. Flora of Sri Venkateswara National Park, Andhra Pradesh, BSI; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Polygala chinensis. Downloaded on 6 June 2020.

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