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Euphorbia hirta

Euphorbia hirta
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Copyright: Nirmal Roberts (nirmalroberts) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 345 W: 64 N: 705] (2857)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-10
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, Fujinon f=6.2-66.7(28-300)mm 1:2.8-4.9, Marumi 58mm UV Haze
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/420 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-19 3:00
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Points: 12
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Euphorbia hirta.
Synonyms: Euphorbia pilulifera, Chamaesyce hirta.
Common names: Common Spurge, Asthma weed, Cats Hair.
Common Hindi name: Dudhi.
Plant: 15-50cm. Common annual herb.
Leaves: Vary from green to coppery-red, depending on its habitat.
Flower: 7x6mm across.
Native to India and most tropical countries. Seen along roadside from coast to plains, up to 1,400m on the hills.
Used in traditional medicine and eaten as vegetable. A famine food, used when all else fails.
As per some recent researchers: The sap contains a latex which is toxic on ingestion and highly irritant externally, causing photosensitive skin reactions and severe inflammation, especially on contact with eyes or open cuts. The toxicity can remain high even in dried plant material. Prolonged and regular contact with the sap is inadvisable because of its carcinogenic nature.
Asthma weed has traditionally been used in Asia to treat bronchitic asthma and laryngeal spasm, though in modern herbalism it is more used in the treatment of intestinal amoebic dysentery. It should not be used without expert guidance, however, since large doses cause gastro-intestinal irritation, nausea and vomiting.
The plant is anodyne, antipruritic, carminative, depurative, diuretic, febrifuge, galactogogue, purgative and vermifuge. The aerial parts of the plant are harvested when in flower during the summer and can be dried for later use.
The stem, taken internally, is famed as a treatment for asthma, bronchitis and various other lung complaints. The herb relaxes the bronchioles but apparently depresses the heart and general respiration. It is usually used in combination with other anti-asthma herbs such as Grindelia camporum and Lobelia inflata. It is also used to treat intestinal amoebic dysentery.
The whole plant is decocted and used in the treatment of athlete's foot, dysentery, enteritis and skin conditions. It has been used in the treatment of syphilis.
The sap is applied to warts in order to destroy them. The treatment needs to be repeated 2-3 times a day over a period of several weeks to be fully effective.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-19 6:26]

Hi Nirmal,
Very very common plant which all of us see and overlook. Nice shot and you have portrayed it in its natural surrounding which makes it look even better. Great handling of light and I like your POV. Thanks for sharing.

Bonjour Nirmal,
Encore une très intéressante publication, bien composée, mais il me semble qu'il manque un peu de contraste entre le sujet et l'arrière-plan et qu'un cadrage beaucoup plus serré l'aurait valorisé davantage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Good natural shot of this plant, the colours are very natural, showing good detail as well as subtle shades on the stalks.. TFS, regards h

Hi Nirmal,

Nice close, shows the whole plant very nicely, and a very interesting note.


very good picture of this common weed, TFS Ori

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-08-23 8:04]

Very nice combination of greens, Nirmal!

Well done!


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