Shrubs of Morni: Chhota Kalpa

Indian Borage/ Chhota Kalpa (Trichodesma indicum) – a small, spreading, erect herb with lance-shaped, stalkless hairy leaves,hairy stems and small, 5-lobed white flowers that point downwards when open.

Indian Borage (Chhota Kalpa) Mandana, Morni Hills

Indian Borage (Chhota Kalpa) Mandana, Morni Hills

Leaves of Indian Borage (Chhota Kalpa) Mandana, Morni Hills

Leaves of Indian Borage (Chhota Kalpa) Mandana, Morni Hills

Also known as the ‘Starflower’ it belongs to the family of ‘forget-me-nots’ and is believed to have originated in Syria and then spread in the Mediterranean region and South America. Found in India upto 1500 metres generally in stony, wastelands. Used for a variety of cures including problems related to Menopause.