Creeping Coldenia
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Creeping Coldenia
ative Photo: J. M. Garg
Common name: Creeping Coldenia • Hindi: Tripungkee, Tripungki, Tripunkhi • Marathi: Tripunkhi, Taripakshi • Tamil: செருப்படை, Seruppadai, sirupadi, cheruppadi • Telugu: hamapadi, hamsapdu, chepputattaku • Kannada: Hamsapaadi, Godaapadi • Oriya: Moyinibuta • Sanskrit: Tripakshee, Tripakshi
Botanical name: Coldenia procumbens    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)

Creeping Coldenia is a prostrate annual herb with much-branched radiating stems growing up to 40 cm long. Alternately arranged leaves are numerous, oblong, obovate to almost round, usually up to 2.5 cm long, covered with dense hairs diverging from the veins above, and with dense long glandular hairs below. Margins are deeply toothed to almost lobed. Flowers are solitary, small, white, mostly hidden among the leaves. Fruit is depressed ovoid, 4-5 mm in diameter, 4-lobed, beaked with irregular protuberances. Flowering: October-April.
Medicinal uses: The dried leaves of Creeping Coldenia, when pulverized, provoke sneezing. In India, the fresh leaves ground up are applied to rheumatic swellings.

Identification credit: Stephen A.
Photographed at Khireshwar, Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra.
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