Balanophora involucrata

Family Balanophoraceae.

Habitat The Himalayas from

Kashmir to Sikkim and Darjeeling at altitudes of 1,800—3,400 m

Ayurvedic Chavya (tentative synonym).

Action Astringent. Used in piles, also in rheumatism.

A related spec.ies, B. pulyandra Gruff., found in Nagaland, Manipur, West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh at 2,000 m, gave a phenolic glycoside, coniferin. The plant is used as an antiasthmatic.

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