Pankaj Oudhia’s Notes on Primula reticulata Wall. [Kirtikar, Kanhoba Ranchoddas, and Baman Das Basu. "Indian Medicinal Plants." Indian Medicinal Plants. (1918)].
Based on Ethnobotanical surveys since year 1990 in different parts of India Pankaj Oudhia has documented vital information about Medicinal Plants mentioned in the famous publication by Kirtikar and Basu (1918). Through this research document Pankaj Oudhia has tried to present original document with additional notes. For complete paper with pictures, Interactive Tables, Video and Audio clips please visit pankajoudhia.com
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714. Primula reticulata, Wall, h.f.b.i., hi. 483.
Syn. : — P. altissima and P. speedosa, Don.
Vern. : — Biskopra, Jal-kutra (Kuniaon.)
Habitat : — Central and Eastern Himalaya, Nepal and
A perennial, scapigerous herb, glabrous, slightly mealy or not.
Rost-stock small. Leaves very long— petioled, 2-3 in., oblong-
cordate, very slender obtuse, cremate or doubly crenate, reteculate,
glaucous beneath, petiole 4-6in. Scape very tall, slender,
12-1 6in. Inflorescence sometimes mealy. Bracts large, regu-
larly placed but unequal in size, sometimes toothed. Linear-
oblong or lanceolate. Flowers nodding, slightly fragrant. Calyx
i-fin., campanulate ; calyx-lobes short, acute, recurved, quite
terete or o-ribbed. Corolla-tube yellow, funnel-shaped ; much
exserted, nearly Jin., lobes erecto-patent, small, rounded or
notched. Fruit not seen, says J. D. Hooker.
Use : — Said to be poisonous to cattle ; is used externally as
an anodyne (Atkinson). The same remark might easily ap-
ply to any species of Primula. [Pankaj Oudhia’s Comment: Not true.]
[Pankaj Oudhia’s Comment: Through Ethnobotanical surveys I have collected information about over 30000 Herbal Formulations in which Primula roots are added as septenary and octonary ingredients. These Formulations are mainly used for different diseases of nervous system. According to the Healers its judicious use is required and most of the Healers perform Traditional purification (shodhan) before using it as medicine in herbal formulations. They are well aware of its excess, overdose and toxicity. They use tens of Herbal Formulations to manage the health troubles due to its excess, overdose and toxicity. Please see Tables Primula-1 to Primula-80 for details.]
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Oudhia, Pankaj (2013). Pankaj Oudhia’s Notes on Primula reticulata Wall. [Kirtikar, Kanhoba Ranchoddas, and Baman Das Basu. "Indian Medicinal Plants." Indian Medicinal Plants. (1918)]. www.pankajoudhia.com