Amruth Home Garden

Amruth HomeGarden draws strength from our age old healing traditions. Generations of our ancestors have spent their lifetime to study plants growing in their neighbourhood and to find out their healing properties for their day to day health care needs.

Plumbago zylanica

  • Chitrak (Marathi)

Description: Subscandent undershrubs. Leaves with caducous small auricles, petiolate, ovate to elliptic, acute, to 8 X 4.5 cm. Calyx green, 1 cm long, covered with many, stalked, red-tipped glands. Corolla white. Ovary glabrous. Reference: Cecil J. Saldanha, 1984. Flora of Karnataka. Vol 1. Oxford & IBH Publishing Co., New Delhi

How to Grow: It can be propagated by seeds, vegetative means and tissue culture. 1.Seed Propagation Fresh seeds soaked in water for 24 hours are dibbled in polythene bags filled with mixture of sand, red earth and manure in 1:1:1 ratio. Germination of about 70 percent is obtained over a duration 7 to 12 days. 2. Vegetative Propagation: Through cuttings : Semi-hard wood cuttings of 15 to 20 cm long are used as planting material. About 70 to 80 percent of the cuttings sprout within 12 to 16 days. 3.Tissue culture Nodes are used as explants. Shoot and root formation occur in 40 to 45 days when cultured in MS (Murashige and Skoog) medium supplemented with IAA, Kn, NAA & IBA 1 to 3 mg/lt. BIBLIOGRAPHY-GENERAL Summy oommen, Ved & Krishnan, Tropical Indian Medicinal Plants, Propagation Methods- 2000, FRLHT.

Parts Used: Roots

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Suggested Citation: B. S. Somashekhar, G. S. Goraya, D. K. Ved, Unnikrishnan P. M., Ravikumar K., Gangadharan G. G., Suma Tagadur Sureshchandra, Shilpa Naveen, Vijay Srinivas, Venugopal S. N.; Additional inputs: Soumyashree N., Sagar D. Sangale.
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