Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Papaveraceae

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Argemone mexicana L.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate

Leaf Type

Leaf Shape

Lacerate

Leaf Apex

Acuminate

Leaf Base

Leaf Margin

Habit : An armed herb.

Habitat and Distribution : Introduced. Common gregarious weed. Upto 900m. Native to West Indies, now widely naturalized in the tropics.

Indigenous Information : The sap is applied to cure reddishness in the eye and the flower is used to cure heat boils.

Other relevent information : Sap used to treat eye infection.

Field Tips : The plant yields a yellow sap. Leaf nerves white and distinct.

 

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Names:

English : Mexican Poppy
Irula : Mullu umathai
Tamil : Pirama thandu, Virumalakachi


Flower:

Solitary, golden yellow. Flowering throughout the year.

Fruit :

A capsule, oblong, spinous. Seeds many, black, pitted. Fruiting throughout the year.

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Papaveraceae