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Basak or Vasaka

Justicia adhatoda


Shrub. White flower with a central design. Looks like an orchid but definitely is not.


By the side of a pond adjoining a field and by the side of a busy national highway. It was deep inside bushy weeds.


Medicinal used in coughs and cold. I have a plant growing in my garden and use the leaves to brew decoction...I have NEVER seen it blooming in my garden. To think I never recognized it. I was so taken in by the flower...I never looked at the leaves...I am mortified.

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Malabar Nut
Justicia adhatoda Justicia adhatoda

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1 Comment

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Thank you, Nuwan. I failed to recognize the leaves of a plant that I have in my own garden...I feel terrible. But THANK YOU.

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West Bengal, India

Spotted on Feb 7, 2015
Submitted on Feb 10, 2015

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