Indian Lycium   
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Indian Lycium
ative Photo: Nongthombam Ullysess
Common name: Indian Lycium, Indian Barberry, Boxthorn Barberry • Hindi: Darhaldi, Chatrol • Kumaon: Kirmora • Urdu: इशकीन Ishkeen, Kushmul, Zarch • Gujarati: કસમલ Kasmal
Botanical name: Berberis lycium    Family: Berberidaceae (Barberry family)

Indian Lycium is a semi deciduous shrub, 2-4 m high, leaves lanceolate or narrowly obovate-oblong, entire or with a few large spinous teeth, arranged alternately on stem. Inflorescence a raceme, flowers yellow born in axillary clusters longer than the leaves. Fruit, berries, black. Flowering: March-June
Medicinal uses: Indian Lycium's roots are used as remedy for swollen and sore eyes, broken bones, wounds, gonorrhea, curative piles, unhealthy ulcers, acute conjunctive and in chronic opthalmia, also used as bitter tonic astringent, diaphoretic and febrifuge. Leaves are given in jaundice.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.

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