Scientific name: Lathyrus sativus L.

Family: Fabaceae

Synonym: Lathyrus asiaticus (Zalkind) Kudr. 

Bengali/Vernacular name: Kheshari.

English name: Grass pea, Chickling pea.

Description of the plant: A procumbent, much branched herb. Leaves alternate, even pinnate, leaflets 2-4, entire, linear-lanceolate, sessile, 5-7 cm long. Flowers axillary, solitary, blue, or purple with white keel. Fuit a pod, oblong, retuse, flattened, dorsally winged, 3-5 seeded. Seeds globose or angled, white, brown, grey, or mottled.

Lathyrus sativus

Plant parts used: Seed.

Ethnomedicinal uses: Infusion prepared from the seeds of the plant is taken for the treatment of constipation.

5 gm seeds of the plant are soaking in hot water overnight, next days this water is taken three to four times to releif vomiting.

A paste is made with the seeds of the plant, after warming it is applied on the affected part of the body once a day until the rheumatism and paralysis is cured.

Distribution: It is cultivated throughout the country as a winter pulse.

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