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ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Tubeflower, Turk's-Turban, Sky Rocket, Bowing Lady • Hindi: भरंगी Bharangi • Kannada: ಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮಣಿ Brahmani, ಭಾರ್ಗಿ Bhaargi, ಕಾಸಜಿತ್ತು Kaasajit, ಕಿಱುದೇಗ Kirudega, ಕಿಱುದೇಗು, ಕಿರುದೇಗು Kirudegu • Manipuri: ꯀꯨꯊꯞ Kuthap, ꯆꯔꯣꯢꯇꯣꯡ Charoitong • Bengali: Bamunhati • Tamil: Kavalai • Telugu: ಭರಂಗೀ Bharangi, ಹುನ್ಜಿಕಾ Hunjika • Sanskrit: भार्ङ्गी Bharngi, भार्गी Bhargi • Nepali: अङियाह Angiyaah, भार्गी Bhaargee, चिन्डे Chinde, एक्लेबिर Eklebir
Botanical name: Clerodendrum indicum    Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Synonyms: Clerodendrum siphonanthus

Tubeflower is a semiwoody shrub or returning perennial, 6-9 ft tall and only slightly, if at all, branched. Common name "Sky Rocket" derives from its persistent slender, vertical, nonbranching habit, frequently to 10 ft. tall. The stem is hollow and the leaves are elliptic and 6-8 in long, borne in whorls of four on very short stalks. The inflorescence is huge, consisting of many tubular snow white flowers in a terminal cluster up to 2 ft long. The tubes of the flowers are about 4 in long and droop downward, and the open mouths are about 2 in across. The fruits are attractive dark metallic blue drupes, about a half inch in diameter.
Medicinal uses: The bark of the root contains phenolic glycoside and seponin as active ingredient. Seponin is very helpful as an antihistamine agent thus is very much effective in preventing the bodies or over active reaction of the body towards any external agent entering the body. According to Ayurveda, it is a good anti-inflammatory agent and also helps in healing of wounds. It improves circulation of blood in the body. Bhangri is also helpful in improving the digestive activities of the body. It acts on respiratory system thus expelling out the excessive mucus in the tract relieving from cough, cold and asthmatic symptoms. It opens the body pores and increases the sweating in the body.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Taj Mahal, Agra.

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