November 19th, 2020


The Indian Mallow

The Indian Mallow has the scientific name Abutilon indicum. I remember it by thinking, "a beauty lon"! Hoskote kere, 16 Nov '20. Our common "weeds" growing by the wayside are often beautiful wildflowers, and used in traditional medicine.


For example, with the Indian Mallow, the Wiki entry says: various parts of the plant are used as a demulcent, aphrodisiac, laxative, diuretic, sedative, astringent, expectorant, tonic, anti-convulsant, anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, and analgesic and to treat leprosy, ulcers, headaches, gonorrhea, and bladder infection.The whole plant is uprooted, dried and is powdered. In ancient days, maidens were made to consume a spoonful of this powder with a spoonful of honey, once in a day, for 6 months until the day of marriage, for safe and quick pregnancy. (what is a quick pregnancy? One in which the baby comes to term in 6 months?)

The plant is very much used in Siddha medicines.

The seed pod:


The root, bark, flowers, leaves and seeds are all used for medicinal purposes by Tamils. The leaves are used as adjunct to medicines used for piles complaints. The flowers are used to increase semen in men, too(though it's not clear how it is to be ingested).


So do look at the wildflowers and "weeds" at your might find something quite interesting...and useful!

Rabbit's Ears!

Another unusual plant! At Prani pet sanctuary, I found this beautiful plant and its flowers growing in a corner, near one of the cages. Not being able to find a match, I asked Arun for help, as usual. He seems to know not only the plants native to India,but of other countries, too,because he promptly gave me the id as Ruttya fruitcosa, called Jammy Mouth, or Jembekkie...native to Africa! (See the Wiki entry link below.)

I wonder how a single plant came to be growing in a pet sanctuary in Karnataka...perhaps one of the animal's droppings contained the seed.The stories of the plants I find may not always be known, but they are intriguing.


Another common name for this plant is... Rabbit Ears!

Update: My friend Akhilesh Sharma says he has it in his garden, so I realize it is a garden plant.