Ranunculus laetus Wall ex Hook F Thoms

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Local Name/

English Name: Flowering Period: Status: Part Used: Habit/Habitat:



Medicinal Uses: Collection:


Diseases Cured: Phytochemicals:

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 [3] .

Figure 3.77 Ranunculus laetus Wall. ex. Hook. F. & Thoms

Fig. 3.77 Ranunculus laetus Wall. ex Hook. F & Thoms

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