Dasapushpam

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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]

Common Name Binomial Name Malayalam Name Image
Slender dwarf morning-glory Evolvulus alsinoides[3] വിഷ്ണുക്രാന്തി (Vishnukranthi) Dwarf Morning-glory (Evolvulus alsinoides) in Hyderabad W IMG 7978.jpg
Indian doab or Bahama grass Cynodon dactylon കറുക (Karuka) Cynodon dactylon.jpg
lilac tasselflower Emilia sonchifolia മുയൽ ചെവിയൻ (Muyal cheviyan) Emilia sonchifolia 4.jpg
Morning glory Ipomoea sepiaria[4] തിരുതാളി (Thiruthaali) Thiruthaali.jpg
Mountain knotgrass Aerva lanata ചെറുള (cheroola) Aerva lanata in Bhongir AP W I2 IMG 3064.jpg
Golden eye-grass Curculigo orchioides നിലപ്പന (Nilappana) Curculigo orchioides.jpg
False daisy Eclipta alba കയ്യോന്നി(Kayyonni) Eclipta prostrata in AP W2 IMG 9785.jpg
Little ironweed Cyanthillium cinereum[5] പൂവാംകുറുന്നില (Poovaamkurunnila) Cyanthillium cinereum - flower.JPG
Biophytum sensitivum Biophytum sensitivum മുക്കുറ്റി (Mukkutti) മുക്കുറ്റിപ്പൂവ്‌.JPG
Balloon plant Cardiospermum halicacabum ഉഴിഞ്ഞ (Uzhinja) Cardiospermum halicacabum 04.jpg

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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