Monday, August 18, 2014

MURIKOOTI (Hemigraphis colorata )

Common name: 
English: Red flame ivy,
           Metal leaf,
    Cemetery plant.

Malayalam: Murikooti.

Sanskrit: Vranaropani.

Botanical name: Hemigraphis colorata Blume.

Family: Acanthaceae

Murikooti is a Perennial, Ornamental plant cultivated for its dark purple foliage.


Leaves are opposite, ovate, 4.5 to 8 centimetres wide, rounded and heart shaped base with toothed margins.


Flowers are white, found in terminal spikes up to 7 centimeters long.  Corolla is tubular, cylindrical below, Swollen above, 10 to 15 millimetres long and 5 lobed.

Medicinal properties:

Paste of leaves applied to fresh wounds to stop bleeding and promote healing.
Recent studies show that the plants extracts have enhanced antibacterial, antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory properties.

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