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Enhydra fluctuans  Lour.

   

Botanical Name

:

Enhydra fluctuans Lour.

English Name

:

Marsh herb, Water cress

Synonym(s)

:

Enydra anagallis Gardner, Meyera fluctuans (Lour.) Spreng.

Family

:

Asteraceae

 

General Info

Description

A prostate, spreading, annual herb. The stems are somewhat fleshy, 30 centimeters or more in length, branched, rooting at the lower nodes, and somewhat hairy. The leaves are stalkless, linear-oblong, 3 to 5 centimeters in length, pointed or blunt at the tip, usually truncate at the base, and somewhat toothed at the margins. The flowering heads are without stalks, are borne singly in the axils of the leaves, and excluding the bracts, are less than 1 centimeter in diameter. The outer pair of the involucral bracts is ovate and 1 to 1.2 centimeters long; the inner pair is somewhat smaller. The flowers are white or greenish-white. The acheness are enclosed by rigid receptacle-scales.

Herb Effects

Antibilious, laxative, demulcent (leaf);

Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Fluctuadin, stigmasterol, fluctuanin, enhydrin, gibberellins A9 and A13 and certain diterpenes (plant).

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
Product Categories

Name

CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

Product Categories
Stigmasterol 4736-55-4 17-(4-ethyl-1,5-dime
thyl-hex-2-enyl)-10,
13-dimethyl-1,2,4,5,
6,7,8,9,10 ,11,12,1
3,14,15,16,17-hexade
cahydrocyclopenta[a]
phenanthren-3-one
C29H48O Click Here To Enlarge
Enhydrin 33880-85-2 Not Available C23H28O10 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

In dropsy, anasarca, ascites and snakebite (plant); in skin and nervous affections, biliousness and constipation (leaves).

Reference

Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.

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