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Tiger's Claw

Martynia annua


Martynia annua, commonly known as the cat's claw, and is endemic to Mexico. It is a popular material for basket making among Native American tribes in the Southwest. Hindi: Hata Jori, Gujarati: Vinchhoodo, Telugu: Garuda Mukku, Marathi: Bhagnaka, English - Tiger's claw, Punjabi: Kaktundi, Bichu, Hathajari, Tamil : Thael kodukkukai, Kaakkaa mookuchedi. Leaves kidney-shaped to circular, mostly 6–15 cm wide, both surfaces equally hairy, margins with shallow lobes; leaf stalk 9–14 cm long. Pod green and fleshy at first, drying to a black woody capsule. Seeds brown to black, 2 to each pod. Often plants in the family are called "Devil's Claws" because of the 2-hooked form of their seed pods. The fruits are well adapted for dispersal by large mammals,


In an open grassy place near my house in Tamil Nadu, India.


The plant has medicinal values. In tribal pockets of Chhindwara and Betul Districts, Madhya Pradesh, root decoction is administered for snakebite. In Marudhamalai hills, tribes use the juice of leaf for epilepsy, tuberculosis and sorethroat. Besides these, the stem of the plant is used by Tantriks in some parts of India. In India the plant has been known long enough for it to constitute part of the traditional pharmacopia. Its leaf juice is gargled for sore throats, oil from its fruits and seeds is smeared onto scabies infections, a paste of the seeds and fruits is thought to be effective for bites of venomous insects and scorpions, and more.

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pamsai 9 years ago

thanks Marta...

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Beautiful flower :-)

pamsai 9 years ago

thanks to Nuwan for the ID! I found a similar spotting amongst his collection, with name!

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Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Dec 26, 2012
Submitted on Dec 29, 2012

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