Monday, February 27, 2012


Persian Mallow  (Abutilon persicum)

Persian Mallow  is a large erect shrub mostly found in waste land and grows up to 2 m high.

Basket Flower

Basket Flower (Hymenocallis narcissiflora) habitat


 Hymenocallis species contain various alkaloids. It is not recommended that plant parts be eaten or even touched by allergic individuals (J. A. Bauml 1979). Ref:

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Mexican oleander (Thevetia peruviana)    

Mexican oleander is a small tree and very good ornamental plant.

Mexican oleander is native to tropical America and now naturalized in many other countires including India.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Twisted acacia (Acacia torta)  

String like arils. (An aril  is a specialized outgrowth of the seed that help to disperse the seed from one place to other)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


வேலிமூங்கில் Squirrel's tail (Justicia betonica)    

Monday, February 20, 2012


 குப்பைமேனி  Indian Copperleaf (Acalypha indica)

Its a perennial herb found along the road side.


இராசவள்ளி White Spot-Flower (Acmella radicans)

Annual Herb found along the road side and waste land.


Marsh Barbel is a stout aquatic perennial herb

Marsh Barbel  flower

Marsh Barbel  (Hygrophila schulli)  Habitat photo from Sadivayal, Siruvani, Coimbatore.  Kokilaksha, as it is known in sanskrit, was extensively used in Ayurvedic system of medicine for various ailments like rheumatism, inflammation, jaundice, hepatic obstruction, pain, etc. Ref:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bread flower

 Bread flower  (Vallaris glabra) Its an ornamental plant flowers are fragrant.

Green Taro

 Green taro (Colocasia esculenta)

Giant taro occurs naturally in tropical forests in Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia where it grows in the forest understory in openings along streams and road side.

Ornamental plant

Portulaca umbraticola, very good ornamental plant.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

புளிச்ச கீரை

Sorrel (Hibiscus sabdariffa)

Gongura in Telugu,
Sorrel leaves are known as Gongura and this is a recipe for pickling them along with ingredients like urad dal and sesame seeds

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

வெள்ளை முள்ளி

 Spiny Barleria  (Barleria cuspidata)   

சர்க்கரை வேம்பு

சர்க்கரை வேம்பு  . Thanks to Eflora India Members for species id. confirmation.
Sweet Broom Weed   
(Scoparia dulcis)

It is traditionally used in treatment of diabetes, dysentery, earache, fever, gonorrhea, headaches, jaundice, snake bite, stomach problems, toothache, warts. Source of information from the following link:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

மலை சுண்டைக்காய்

Big Eggplant Solanum erianthum   

Solanum erianthum  (
Malai sundai) Solanaceae. The ripened or unripened fruits are boiled with water and the vapour is inhaled once or twice a week through mouth 

                                                          FOR Toothache