Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal

 
  • Family : SOLANACEAE
    (NIGHTSHADE FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Solanaceae
  • Basionym : Physalis somnifera L.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal
  • Common name : Winter Cherry
  • Vernacular name : Ashwagandh, Asgandh (Hindi); Ashwagandha, Hiremuddina gida (Kannada); Karappaan thazhai, Amukkila chedi (Tamil); Aswagandha, Pennerugadda, Pulivendrum, Panneru vajigandha (Telugu); Asvagandha (Sanskrit); Amukkuram (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Undershrub
  • Comments / notes : Cultivated as medicinal plant and root is used in native medicine
  • Flower, Fruit : April-December
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Mediterranean, Canary Islands, South Africa
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • 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=Withania somnifera. Downloaded on 23 September 2019.

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