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Dasapushpam denotes Ten Sacred Flowers of Kerala (from Sanskrit Dasa = Ten and Pushpam = Flower). These ten herbs are traditionally significant to Keralites, the people of Kerala. These herbs are found almost everywhere in Kerala, especially in the western ghats region.[1] They are used for decorative purposes, such as making the floral carpet Pookalam during festivals (like Onam).[2]

List of Dasapushpam or Ten Sacred Flowers[edit]

The ten plants are:[1]

Although these names refer to the flowers, the medicinal value lies in the leaves in most cases.

Ipomoea sepiaria[edit]

Extracts of Ipomoea sepiaria leaves feature antimicrobial activity. The extract was tested on bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.[6]

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