Sneeze Wort is a stout, smooth, hoary, or mealy, woody vine. The leaves are
ovate, or somewhat rounded, 7.5-15 centimeters long, 5-10 centimeters
wide, rather leathery, rounded or pointed at the base, and pointed at the
tip. Flower cymes are axillary or interpetiolar, and umbellike. The flowers
are green or yellowish green, about 1 cm across, fragrant. The follicles long, turgid, longitudinally
ribbed, and velvety until mature. The seeds are elliptic, concave, smooth,
shining, sharp-edged, and crowned with very fine, white, silky hairs.
Medicinal uses: The leaves
are much employed as an application to boils and abscesses. The roots and
tender stalks are considered emetic and expectorant. The young roots are
cut and the exuding juice is inserted into the nose to cause sneezing.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra.
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