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Chambel booti, Chaho/Buttercup
A perennial herb, commonly found in moist places along waterways.
Pakistan: Hazara, Waziristan, Khurrm, Chitral, Swat, Gilgit, Baltistan, Murree, and Kashmir. World: Afghanistan, east to Tibet, India, and Southwest China.
A small perennial herb up to 1 ft tall. Roots branched, herbaceous, and adventitious. Stem branched, rhizome, dark brown. Leaves are simple, alternate, petiolated, green, developed on main stem. Basal leaves hairy, suborbicular, deeply two- to three-lobed; lobes are coarsely toothed. Flowers bright yellow and broad. Fruit single-seeded, achene, suborbicular (Fig. 3.77).
70-80 g of fresh leaves is collected daily by men and women 20-40 years old, in summer (April-July).
70-80 g of fresh leaves are ground daily for 7-8 min; 2-3 tsp (15-25 mL) of water is also added. This paste (malum) is applied on infected parts and wounds; 1-2 tsp (12-15 g) of paste (at one time) is applied on infection and covered with cloth; or 2-3 tsp (20-30 g) is applied to wound once per day for 1-2 days.
Skin infections (chambal); to kill germs in dog and cattle wounds.
Poisonous substance glycoside ranunculin  .
Figure 3.77 Ranunculus laetus Wall. ex. Hook. F. & Thoms
Fig. 3.77 Ranunculus laetus Wall. ex Hook. F & Thoms
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