|Common Name||Kanvali Kilangu(Tamil), flame lily, fire lily, gloriosa lily, glory lily, superb lily, climbing lily, creeping lily, Agnimukhi etc/td>|
|Botanical Name||Gloriosa superba Linn|
|Synonyms||Physalis somnifera L|
|Part used||Seeds and tubers|
Gloriosa superba which is also known as Flame lily is a tuberous herb, which is spread widely in tropical Asia. The medicinal value of Gloriosa superba lies in its abundantly available Colchicine that yields a stable physiological act on humans. Colchicine, present in the seeds and tuberous root of Gloriosa superba is used for the remedial actions of sprains, bruises, colic, hemorrhoids, chronic ulcers, cancer, nocturnal seminal emission, leprosy and impotence. This plant has gained the importance in medicine in recent years for the production of colchicines and Thiocolchicosides in large scale.
One of the very important exported medicinal plants of India that has become endangered within a very short span of the last 50 years is Gloriosa superba L., the codified systems of Indian medicine as well as in folk and tribal medicine
Colchicine and colchicoside
The medicinial importance of the plant is due to the presence of alkaloids (nearly 24 of them) of which colchicine and thiocolchicoside are the principal ones, as well as to the presence of 10 non-alkloidal medicinal compounds including B-sitosterol, chelidonic acid, luteolin, stigmasterol etc. Colchicine is used as a mitosis-arrest agent and in cancer therapy and diabetics, in addition to promote polyploidy in agriculturally important crop plants. Thiocolchicoside is used against acute inflammation like gout and other forms of arthritis.
We have an extend of 200 acres cultivation in tamilandu following GAP all over. Our target is to maintain the sustainability of the crop by feeding the nature and also enable the consumer to get good quality raw material for the end use.