Kshudraphala, aka: Kṣudraphalā; 2 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Kṣudraphalā can be transliterated into English as Ksudraphala or Kshudraphala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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1) Kṣudraphalā (क्षुद्रफला) is another name for Indravāruṇī, a medicinal plant identified with Citrullus colocynthis (colocynth, bitter apple or desert gourd) from the Cucurbitaceae or “gourd family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.70-72 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Kṣudraphalā and Indravāruṇī, there are a total of twenty-nine Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

2) Kṣudraphalā (क्षुद्रफला) is also mentioned as a synonym for Gopālakarkaṭī, a medicinal plant possibly identified as a variety of Airvāru or Karkaṭī, which is identified with Cucumis utilisimus (snake cucumber) from the Cucurbitaceae or “gourd” family of flowering plants, according to verse 3.110-112.

3) Kṣudraphalā (क्षुद्रफला) is als mentioned as a synonym for Kaṇṭakārī, a medicinal plant identified with Solanum xanthacarpum, a synonym of Solanum virginianum L. (“surattense nightshade” or “thai eggplant”) from the Solanaceae or “nightshades” family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.30-32. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Together with the names Kṣudraphalā and Kaṇṭakārī, there are a total of fourteen Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Indravaruni
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Kantakari
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Gopalakarkati
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