Commelina benghalensis

Commelina benghalensis L. ( Dhol pata )

Local Name: Dhol pata
Synonyms: kanchira, jatakanchira.
Scientific Name: Commelina benghalensis L.
Family: Commelinaceae
Growth Habit:
Taxonomic Hierarchy:  
KingdomPlantae – Plants
SubkingdomTracheobionta – Vascular plants
SuperdivisionSpermatophyta – Seed plants
DivisionMagnoliophyta – Flowering plants
ClassLiliopsida – Monocotyledons
FamilyCommelinaceae – Spiderwort family
GenusCommelina L. – dayflower
SpeciesCommelina benghalensis L. – jio
Commelina benghalensis L.

Figure: Dhol pata(Commelina benghalensis L.)

Plant Descrition:

A slender dichotomously branched creeping herb. Leaves ovate or oblong, obtuse. Flowers blue in funnel-shaped spathes. Capsule pyriform, membranous

Chemical constituents:

Some anthocyanins and a dammarane triterpene have been isolated from the plant. It also contains alkanols, n-octacosanol, n-triacontanol, n-dotriacontanol, sterols, stigmasterol, β-sitosterol and campesterol (Ghani, 2003; Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).

 Used Plant part:

Generally whole plant are used.

Common use of the plant:

  • Children’s late-walking.
  • Leprosy.
  • Snake-bite.

 Local Use of the study:

  • Children’s late-walking.


Fresh whole plant is collected. Then they are crushed to juice by mortal pastel. Then the filtered juice residue s collected and served in a prescribed manner.


Everyday the juice massage on the leg in upper portion for 13-15days.

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