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Barleria prionitis, Barleria appressa, Barleria coriacea, Barleria spicata

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Shivani Kagra* & K.L. Dahiya**


* Pursuing Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgeory; Lal Bahadur Shastri Mahila Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Bilaspur (Yamuna Nagar), Haryana, India

** Kurukshetra Global City, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India


Vernacular name:

Assamese: Shinti

Bengali: Kantajhinti, Pitajhinti

English: Porcupine flower,

English: Barleria, Ommon yellow nail dye, Porcupine Flower, Thorny nail dye

Gujarati: Kanta-Saerio, Kantasalio, Pilikantashelio, Pilo kanta sheriyo

Hindi: Jhinti, Parush, Pila piyabansa, Pili katsaraiya, Pivlikatekoranti, Sahacara, Vajradanti, Vajradanti

Kannada: Mullugoranta, Mullugoranti, Sahacara

Konkani: Korant

Malayalam: Kirimkurunji, Karim Kurunni, Kuttivetila

Marathi: Kolita, Koranta, Koranti, Pivali koranti

Oriya: Dasakeranda, Daskaranta

Punjabi: Kerandaka, Koranda, Kurantaka, Sahacar

Sanskrit: Artagalah, Bana, Dasi kurantakah, Jhinti, Kakubha, Kinkiratah, Kurantakah, Kuravakah, Mahasaha, Mrdukantah, Pitakurantakah, Pitakuravah, Pitamlanah, Pitapushpakah, Pitasairiyakah, Sahacharah, Udyanapaki, Vajradanti

Tamil: Cem-mulli, Korantam, Koti-p-pacalai, Kovintam, Kundan, Kurinci, Kutan, Mancat-cemmulli, Sammulli

Telugu: Gorantachettu, Mulu Gorinta Chettu

Urdu: Pila Bansa, Piya Bansa

Taxonomic classification

Kingdom: Plantae - plantes, Planta, Vegetal, plants

Subkingdom: Viridiplantae

Infrakingdom: Streptophyta - land plants

Superdivision: Embryophyta

Division: Tracheophyta - vascular plants, tracheophytes

Subdivision: Spermatophytina - spermatophytes, seed plants, phanérogames

Class: Magnoliopsida

Superorder: Asteranae

Order: Lamiales

Family: Acanthaceae - acanthacées

Genus: Barleria L. – Philippine violet

Species: Barleria prionitis L. – Barleria, Ommon yellow nail dye, Porcupine Flower, Thorny nail dye - (Syn. Barleria appressa, Barleria coriacea, Barleria spicata)

Phytogeography: Mainly found in Asia and Africa including India.

Description: Porcupine flower is an erect, prickly shrub, usually single-stemmed, growing to about 1.5 meter tall.

Roots: Well developed, upto 1 cm thick at the top, cylindrical and tapering, bearing lateral branches and numerous rootlets; surface rough due to numerous dot-like lenticels and root scars of fallen roots; external surface greyish-brown, bark thin with smooth internal surface; wood cream coloured; fracture, hard and laminated; odour and taste not characteristic.

Stems: Erect, 1-8 mm thick, terete, hard, glabrous, nodes swollen, branching at nodes, young stem grey, slightly four angled, usually with 3-4 divaricate spines at axil of leaf; mature stem cylindrical with longitudinally arranged or scattered dot-like lenticels; externally greyish to light brown; a few mature stem slightly hollow.

Leaves: Dorsiventral, variable in size,6-9.5 cm long, 2.5 - 3.5 cm wide, simple, elliptic, acuminate, entire, acute, reticulate, unicostate, glabrous above, glabrous or pubescent beneath; petiole short.

Flowers: Sessile, often solitary in the lower axils becoming spicate above; bracts foliaceous, 16 by 4.5 mm, oblong or lanceolate, acute, bristle-tipped, nearly glabrous; bracteoles 1.3 cm long, narrowly linear, subulate (almost spinous), bristle-tipped; calyx, divided almost to the base, one of the outer sepals rather more than 1.3 cm long, the opposite sepal rather less than 1.3 cm long, 3.4 mm broad, both oblong-lanceolate, mucronate; the 2 inner sepals 1.5 mm wide and as long as the shorter of the outer ones, linear lanceolate, mucronate; corona, 3.2-4.5 cm long, yellow, slightly pubescent outside, glabrous inside, somewhat 2 lipped; upper lip 2 cm long or more, deeply 4 lobed, the lobes oblong-obovate, round; lower lip oblong-obovate, round, entire; tube 1.9-2.2 cm long; stamens 2 fertile and 2 staminodes; filaments of the fertile stamens exserted beyond the corona tube, those of the staminode very short; ovary superior of two fused carpels; style, simple, usually long with two stigma.

Fruits: Capsules, 2-2.5 cm long, ovoid with a long tapering solid beak; 2 seeded.

Seeds: Compressed, 0.8 cm in diameter and clothed with silky appressed hairs.

Parts used: Leaves, roots, aerial parts, flowers, whole plant

Phytochemical Constituents: b-Sitosterol; 6-O-trans-p-coumaroyl-8-O-acetylshanzhiside methyl ester; 7-methoxydiderroside; Acetylbarlerin; Alkaloids; Barlerin; Barlerinoside; Iridoid glycosides; Lupulinoside; Phenylethanoid glycoside; Potassium; Shanzhiside methyl ester.

Pharmacological actions: Anthelmintic; Antiarthritic; Antibacterial; Antidiabetic; Antidiarrheal; Antifertility; Antifungal; Anti-inflammatory; Anti-nociceptive; Antioxidant; Antiseptic; Antispermatogenic; Antistress; Antiviral; Blood purifier; Cytoprotective; Cytotoxic; Diuretic; Expectorant; Hepatoprotective, hepatocuritive; Immunorestorative; Tonic; Wound healing.

Medicinal uses: Asthma; Boils; Cataract; Catarrh; Dropsy; Earache; Fever; Gastrointestinal disorders; Glandular swellings; Gout; Hepatosis, hepatopathy, hepatitis; Inflammation; Joint pains; Leprosy; Leucoderma; Malaria; Neuralgia; Oedema; Piles; Pruritis; Pyorrhea; Respiratory diseases; Rheumatism; Scabies; Sciatica; Skin diseases; Snake bite; Toothache; Tympanitis; Ulcers; Whooping cough.

It has numerous medicinal properties including treating fever, respiratory diseases, toothache, joint pains and a variety of other ailments; and it has several cosmetic uses. A mouthwash made from root tissue is used to relieve toothache and treat bleeding gums. The leaves are used to promote healing of wounds and to relieve joint pains and toothache. Because of its antiseptic properties, extracts of the plant are incorporated into herbal cosmetics and hair products to promote skin and scalp health.

Dosage and administration: Few drops of mixture of leaf juice and kapur is dropped in ear to control earache and tympanitis. Juice obtained from macerated leaves is taken.

Whole plant: 50-100 gm for decoction.


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