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The Akarkara plant is bushy and hairy in texture. The stems has knots sspaced far apart. The bark is of dust color. The roots are 3-4 inches long and half inch thick. It bears flowers which are probably white, purple or yellow in color.
The main active element of the root of Akarkara is pyrethrin which is crystalline and colorless. In addition, it contains a partly volatile oil, a stable oil and 50% inulin.
English name– Pellitory root, Pyrethrum root
Hindi name– Akarkara
Sanskrit name– Aakarakarabh, akaltanak
Arabic name– Aakikihan, Aduk lai
Family name– Asteraceae
Botanical name– Anacyclus pyrethrum