Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Punarnava(পুনর্ণভা ফুল) - Boerhavia diffusa

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এই ফুল সম্পর্কে আমি খুব বেশি জানতাম না... আগে কখনো দেখিও নাই... গোলাপী রঙের ছোট ছোট ফুল থোকায় থোকায় হয়ে থাকে... গাছ মাটির সাথে অনেকটা শুয়ে থাকে... এই ফুলের বাংলা নাম জানি না... সংস্কৃতিতে এইটাকে পুনর্ণভা ফুল বলে... তাই বাংলাতেও এই ফুলকে পুনর্ণভা বলতে দোষের কিছু দেখি না... কেউ যদি একটু বেশি জেনে থাকো এই ফুল সম্পর্কে, কষ্ট করে নীচে মন্তব্য আকারে লিখে দিও...

Punarnava(পুনর্ণভা ফুল) is an interesting medicinal plant that grows at our country Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ). Botanical name of this plant is Boerhavia diffusa from the family Nyctaginaceae (Bougainvillea family). It has several common names like Hogweed, Tar vine, etc. I don't know what exactly we call this in Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ), but in Sanskrit it is being called as Punarnava(পুনর্ণভা), which means rejuvenate.

It is a creeping weed herb that use to sprawl around from the main root. Plants use to lay over the ground. Leafs are ovate or slightly pointed round shaped. Leafs are unequal, but somewhere near to 'oppositely arranged' around the stem.

Punarnava flower(পুনর্ণভা ফুল) grows over a short stalk from the main stem. Color of the flower is pink, light pink, purple, etc. Flower grows as cluster. Each flower from the cluster is having 2-3 stamens with a slightly long single stigma. Small flowers are shaped as a bell.

Fruits of Punarnava(পুনর্ণভা ফুল) are quite interesting. These are vicious and stuck over the feet of grazing animals, or with the birds. Basically this is how the plant use to disperse from one place to another.

Roots of this plant is mainly used at herbal medicine. It helps to assuage several hepatic disorders and analgesic pains. At some part of India, the edible leafs are using as vegetable.

This is a weed plant, but it didn't seem invasive according to my observation. Also, it has no gregarious properties either to call this invasive.

All the photos of this article were captured from Chapainawabganj(চাপাই নবাবগঞ্জ) of Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ). I was traveling there during June 2012.

ফুলের জন্য ভালবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল...


  1. Hello Lonely Traveler
    How are you? I see your blog on Punarnava
    Fascinated by it. I was searching some herb photos for my book, punarnava is one of them. Would please give me permission to use one of the photo in my book. I would rally appreciate. I will reference this photo.

  2. Thank you Ranvir for writing me here... It sounds great that you are going to use one of these photos on your Book... Please go ahead and use...

  3. dear lonely traveller... your article was a fantastic read!
    the punarnava plant....or hogweed as it is known in english... is a well known ayurvedic remedy for kidney ailments...
    it is said that chewing a few leaves of this plants can help kidney patients.... i know this plant is supposed to grow all over bangladesh but how do i identify the plant clearly and where do i get it..
    PS: i live in dhaka . My aunt is a kidney patient and we researched about the plant.

  4. I have seen this plant near the "Chhoto Shona Moshjid" of Chapainawabganj, Bangladesh... It will be difficult for you to identify the plant exactly, if you have no expertise on flowers...

    You can take photo of this flower and ask to villager to show you the plant. Flower are very small in size... fruits are sticky... and the leafs are silvery at the other side... Hope this will help you to identify this life saving plant..!

  5. hey lonely traveller bhaia,
    its me, the "annonymus"from before, thx for ur reply.We cudnt find the plant for our aunt but we did manage to get them in tablet form,containing the punernava extracts. The tablet is made by himalaya pharma. this one to be exact. Had to get this from abroad.
    the medicine is helping my aunt with her kidney probs... and she says its good...
    i hope this info helps other ppl in similar predicaments(but whether or not they choose to take the punernava tablets is solely their decision and based on their discretion)
    and once again, lonely traveller bhai thx for the fantastic read!