Botanical name: Fagonia indica Family: Zygophyllaceae (Caltrop family)
Synonyms: Fagonia elliptica, Fagonia parviflora, Fagonia mysorensis
Indian Fagonia is a small spiny shrub, covered with whitish powdery or stalkless glands or hairless shrublet. Stem basally somewhat woody, branches procumbent or erect, cylindrical, striped, internodes 2.5-5 cm long. Leaves mostly simple or basal ones trifoliolate and upper simple, leaflets linear-oblong or lanceshaped, 6-35 mm long, 3-4 mm broad, mucronate, short to long leaf-stalkd or stalkless; stipular spines awl shaped, patent to ascending, equal to shorter than leaves, occasionally deficient or minute. Flowers are about 1.2 cm across, pinkish-purple; flower-stalk 4-6 mm long. Sepals ovate, about 3-4 mm long, about 1.5 mm broad, glandular outside, pointed, persistent. Petals are spoon-shaped, about 6 mm long, about 3 mm broad, blunt. Stamens with about 6 mm long filaments. Capsules are 3-4 mm long and broad, velvet-hairy, stalk equal to about twice as long as fruit. Indian Fagonia is found in Indo-Pakistan subcontinent westwards to North and East tropical Africa in arid and semi-arid regions.
Medicinal uses: The aqueous decoction of aerial parts of the plant is a popular remedy against various skin lesions, including cancer, in folk medicine.
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