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Cleome isocandra  L.


Botanical Name


Cleome isocandra L.

English Name


Dog Mustard



Polanisia viscosa ((L.)DC.), Polanisia isocandra (L.) Wight & Arn.





General Info


An erect, simple annual herb up to 1.5 m tall. Leaves 3 to 5 foliate, densely glandular-pubescent, petioles 2.5 to 5 cm long, base cuneate, apex acute. Flowers shades of yellow or white to pinkish, 1.3 cm long, borne in axils of leaf-like bracts in lax corymbose racemes. Fruit erect glandular pubescent capsule, 5 to 12 cm. Seeds 1 mm diameter, glandular, black or dark brown.

Herb Effects

Diaphoretic, rubefacient and vesicant (leaves); anthelmintic, carminative, rubefacient and vesicant (seeds); irritant, acrid, rubifacient and vesicant (bark).



Medicinal Use

They are used as an external application to wounds and ulcers. The juice of the leaves has been used to relieve earache. The seed contains 0.1% viscosic acid and 0.04% viscosin. Used in the treatment of ulcers and wounds, oedema, inflammation in the ear, piles, splenic, liver disorders and syphilis.


Sharma, Classical Uses of Medicinal Plants.



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