Botanical Name Plant's Common Name Plant Family   

   MH002 : Argemone mexicana L.

Plant Category : Herbs

Melghat's Flora's Serial No. : 7

Synonym : Argemone leiocarpa Greene.;

Plant Common Name : Pivala Dhotra, Bilayati, K-Killai, Mexican poppy, Mexican prickly poppy, flowering thistle, cardo or cardosanto Mexican Prickly Poppy, Mexican poppy, Prickly Poppy, Siyal-Kanta, Satyanashi, Bharband, Datturigidda, Phirangi dhutro, Ponnummattu, Khomthongpee, Firangi dhotra, Kshirini, Swarnakshiri, Kudiyotti, Brahmadandi, Satyaanaasi, Thaakal, Sungure Kaandaa, Kaande

Plant Family : Papaveraceae

Description : annual herb, growing up to 150 cm with a slightly branched tap root. Its stem is branched and usually extremely prickly. It exudes a yellow juice when cut. It has showy yellow flowers. Leaves are thistle-like and alternate, without leaf stalks (petioles), toothed (serrate) and the margins are spiny. The grey-white veins stand out against the bluish-green upper leaf surface. The stem is oblong in cross-section. Flowers are at the tips of the branches (are terminal) and solitary, yellow and of 2.5-5 cm diameter. Fruit is a prickly oblong or egg-shaped (ovoid) capsule. Seeds are very numerous, nearly spherical, covered in a fine network of veins, brownish black and about 1 mm in diameter.

Plant Location in Melghat : Common throughout in stream and river beds

Medicinal Use / Activity : Root - Skin diseases, relieve kidney pain; Seeds - Laxative, Anti-cancer(Elisa et al., 2015)

Plant's Phytochemicals : COMPOUNDS: Sanguinarine; Dihydrosanguinarine; Dehydrocorydalmine; Jatrorrhizine; Columbamine; Oxy-berberine; Berberine; Protopine;




Plant's Current Status : Common

Plant's Cross Database Reference : 259142

Reference : Dhore MA and PA Joshi (1988) Flora of Melghat Tiger Reserve, Directorate, Project Tiger, Melghat. - Elisa, P., Elisa, D., Fiorenza, O., Guendalina, L., Beatrice, B., Paolo, L., et al. (2015). Antiangiogenic and antitumor activities of berberine derivative NAX014 compound in a transgenic murine model of HER2/neupositive mammary carcinoma. Carcinogenesis 36, 11691179. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgv103

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Kingdom : Plantae - Plants
Phylum : Tracheophyta
Subkingdom : Tracheobionta - Vascular plants
Superdivision : Spermatophyta - Seed plants
Division : Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class : Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons
Subclass : Magnoliidae
Order : Papaverales
Family : Papaveraceae - Poppy family
Genus : Argemone L. - pricklypoppy
Species : Argemone mexicana L. - Mexican pricklypoppy

Argemone mexicana L. - Mexican pricklypoppy
Argemone mexicana L. - Mexican pricklypoppy
Argemone mexicana L. - Mexican pricklypoppy