Barleria prionitis

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Barleria prionitis
Barleria prionitis (Porcupine flower) in Hyderabad, AP W IMG 9993.jpg
Barleria pronitis in Hyderabad, India.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Barleria
Species: B. prionitis
Binomial name
Barleria prionitis

Barleria prionitis (Sanskrit kuranta; Marathi vjradanti (वज्रदंती), Tamil: சுள்ளி மலர்; Tagalog: kukong manok),[1] also known as the porcupine flower, is a species of plants in the family Acanthaceae, native to India, Sri Lanka and Eastern Southern and Central Africa.

It is used for various medicinal purposes in ayurvedic medicine. The juice of the leaves is applied to feet to prevent maceration and cracking in the monsoon season.[2]

Barleria prionitis is often the host to larvae of the Phalanta phalantha and Junonia lemonias butterflies. Its leaves are known to contain 6-Hydroxyflavone, one of the chemical compounds that is a noncompetitive inhibitor of the protein cytochrome P450 2C9.[3]


Known as "ක‍ටු කරදු - katu karandu" in Sinhala.



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