Small herbs, rhizome to 15 cm long, oblong, perennial. Leaves x 2 cm, lanceolate, plicate, base sheathing, pilose, subsessile. Perianth yellow, cm. Kali Musli (Curculigo orchioides Gaetrn.) Pankaj Oudhia Society for Parthenium Management (SOPAM) A, Geeta Nagar, Raipur – Curculigo orchioides Gaertn (family Hypoxidaceae, also known as black or kali musli), is an endangered medicinal plant used for diverse medicinal purposes.
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It is a stem-less perennial herb with a cluster of leaves from the roots that forms into a clump. The leaves are large, sword shaped and folded like a fan.
The flowers curculkgo star shaped, yellow in colour and small. The fruit is a berry that is pale green in colour. The plant is used in traditional medicine as a general tonic and restorative.
In particular, it is used in the treatment of peptic ulcers, piles, gonorrhoea, leucorrhea, asthma, jaundice, diarrhoea, lumbago, and headache.
The tubers are eaten when cooked. It is grown through seed sowing, division of rootstock, and offsets. The tubers are cooked and eaten.
Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from orcchioides professional before using a plant medicinally. The rhizome is used in traditional medicine throughout the plants range. It is especially valued in Chinese traditional medicine as a general tonic and restorative in the treatment of decline especially of physical strength [ ].
A bitter tasting, mucilaginous herb, it is said to be adaptogenic, analeptic, androgenic, anticonvulsive, antiinflammatory, aphrodisiac, diuretic, emmenagogue, sedative, tonic and uterine tonic[ ]. It also has a stimulating effect upon the immune system[ ]. Pharmacological studies have shown the presence of several medically active compounds in the cyrculigo including saponins and glycosides.
Curculigosaponins C and F can promote the proliferation of spleen lymphocytes very significantly[ ]. Curculigosaponins F and G increase the weight of the thymus[ ].
Curculigoside exerts immunological and protective effects[ ]. In addition to orchioidws use as a general restorative, the rhizome is used internally in the treatment of a range of diseases including peptic ulcers, piles, gonorrhoea, leucorrhoea, asthma, jaundice, chronic nephritis, diarrhoea, lumbago and headache[ ]. Externally, the rhizome is used to treat skin diseases[ ].
The rhizomes are washed, freed from roots, and sliced; the slices are dried in the shade[ ].
Usually the dried slices are powdered, and small amounts of powder are mixed in a glass of milk with sugar or used to prepare a decoction for drinking[ ]. Swelling of the tongue has been reported as a side-effect after drinking a decoction from the rhizome; in China the recommended antidote is a decoction of Rheum tanguticum with sodium sulphate[ ]. Succeeds in humid tropical and subtropical areas and can be cultivated outdoors in warm, essentially frost-free temperate areas[ ].
Prefers a humus-rich, fertile, well-drained soil and a position in dappled shade[ ].
The rhizomes may reach 30 cm x Only 3 – 5 leaves are found on the plant at a given time. The flowers and fruits are inconspicuous because they are close to the ground and partially covered by cruculigo bracts and leaves[ ]. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form.
Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe[ ]. Division of the rootstock[ ].
Golden Eye-Grass or Curculigo orchioides. Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. This taxon has not yet been assessed. For a list of references used on this page please go here A special thanks to Ken Fern for some of the information used on this page.
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Curculigo orchioides: the black gold with numerous health benefits.
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Curculigo orchioides is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0. It is hardy to zone UK 10 and is frost tender. It can grow in semi-shade light woodland or no shade. It prefers moist soil. QR Code What’s this? Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Please view the copyright link for more information. Star grass, Golden-eyed grass.
Forests and open grassy slopes from near sea level to 1, metres in southern China[ ].