Stalkless Eyelashpod
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Stalkless Eyelashpod
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Stalkless Eyelashpod • Hindi: Rasanajadi, Raasnaa, Rasna • Oriya: Rasanajadi, Raasnaa, Rasna
Botanical name: Leucoblepharis subsessilis    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Blepharispermum subsessile

Stalkless Eyelashpod is an erect under-shrub with woody root-stock, growing up to 1.5 m. Stem is single or many arising from the root stock; young stem is greenish and solid but mature ones are hollow due to reduced central part of the pith. The leaves are simple, alternate, hairless, stalkless or nearly so, finely netveined. Leaf blades are ovate, elliptic or obovate, entire and very rarely toothed, blunt or somewhat pointed at the tip. Flowers are borne in flower-heads or heads. Heads are white in colou, solitary, at branch-ends, aggregated into spherical clusters and with broad leafy bracts. Female florets are 2 and bisexual florets 3-8 in each head. Achenes of the inner bisexual florets are comparatively smaller than the outer female florets. Both types of achenes have pappus with few bristles or short hairs. Stalkless Eyelashpod is native to India. Flowering: July-September.
Medicinal uses: Stalkless Eyelashpod is largely valued for its root which is usually used for the treatment of rheumatism and related joint and body pain.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Malebennur, Karnataka.

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