|Subkingdom:||Tracheobionta – Vascular plants|
|Superdivision:||Spermatophyta – Seed plants|
|Division:||Magnoliophyta or Angiosperms – Flowering plants|
|Class:||Magnoliopsida – Dicots|
|Family:||Lamiaceae (The Mint family)|
|Botanical name:||Leucas aspera|
|Common Name:||Common Leucas|
Plants of the Mint family are usually aromatic. Popular members of the family are: Mint, Rosemary, Basil, Tulsi, Lavender. Pudina, Peppermint, Cuban Oregano and Leucas. The small white flowers of Leucas are associated with slender hairs. The plant is used traditionally as an antipyretic and insecticide. It possess various pharmacological activities like antifungal, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antinociceptive and cytotoxic activity and as an antidote to snake venom. Leucas leaves are used in chronic rheumatism, psoriasis and other chronic skin eruptions. Flowers are valued as stimulant, expectorant, aperient, diaphoretic, insecticide and emmenagogue. Flowers are given with honey for coughs and colds to children.
Onam is the most important festival of Kerala. Thumba flowers are widely used for creating the Onapookkalam.
The above pictures were taken with Nikon Coolpix. Please click on each picture to get the full view. Location: My garden at Kottayam, Kerala