London Rocket
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London Rocket
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: London Rocket • Hindi: khubkaln, asalio, khubkhala • Sanskrit: khakasi, khubakala • Urdu: khubakalan
Botanical name: Sisymbrium irio    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

London Rocket is an annual herb more than 3 ft tall, with open, slender stem branches. The flowers are small with four pale yellow petals. The basal leaves are broad and often lobed, while the upper leaves are linear in shape and up to four inches long. The fruit is a long narrow cylindrical silique, which stays green when ripe. When dried the fruit has small red oblong seeds.
Medicinal uses: London Rocket is used in the Middle East to treat coughs and chest congestion, to relieve rheumatism, to detoxify the liver and spleen, and to reduce swelling and clean wounds.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Delhi.

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