Golden Eye Grass
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Golden Eye Grass
ative Photo: Kiran Srivastava
Common name: Golden Eye Grass, Orchid palm grass • Hindi: Kali musli काली मुसली • Oriya: Tala-muli • Kannada: ನೆಲತೆಂಗು Nela tengu, ನೆಲದೆಂಗು Neladengu, ನೆಲಹಾದರಿ Nela haadari • Malayalam: Nelppana • Tamil: நிலப்பனைக்கிழங்கு Nilappanaikkilanku • Bengali: Talamuli • Tangkhul: Phai • Nepali: कालो मुसली Kalo musali, मुसली कांदा Musali kanda • Santali: ᱛᱩᱨᱚᱢ Turom
Botanical name: Curculigo orchioides    Family: Hypoxidaceae (Star Grass family)
Synonyms: Curculigo ensifolia, Curculigo brevifolia, Hypoxis orchioides

Golden Eye Grass is a herbaceous tuberous perennial with a short or elongate root stock bearing several fleshy lateral roots. The plant can grow up to 10-35 cm tall. Leaves sessile or petiolate 15-45x1.3-2.5 cm, linear or linear lanceolate, tips sometimes rooting, scape very short, clavate. It has hardy leaves and can take shade: the leaves will just get a bit longer in the shade than in full sun shine. During flowering period it open a golden yellow flower at the leaf base every day. This can form a cute miniature plant pot in your room. Flowering: July-August.
Medicinal uses: The rhizomes of the plants are used for the treatment of decline in strength, jaundice and asthma. According to Ayurveda, root is heating, aphrodisiac, alternative, appetizer, fattening and useful in treatment of piles, biliousness, fatigue, blood related disorders etc. According to Unani system of medicine, root is carminative, tonic, aphrodisiac, antipyretic and useful in bronchitis, ophthalmia, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, lumbago, gonorrhea, gleet, hydrophobia, joint pains etc.

Identification credit: Rahul Prabhu Khanolkar Photographed in Mumbai & Belgaun, Karnataka.

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