What can I say about the Spellbinding ways of Nature. It is a bottomless Pit with endless wonders and surprises.
On a Trip to a Rural Farm near Lakshman Sagar ,Village Haripur near Ajmer, Rajasthan I spotted this small and skittish Black Winged Stilt ( English), Himantopus himantopus ( Scientific Name) rushing towards a tiny pond.
I spotted this now rare Wild Medicinal Herb growing wild on the banks of the Village Pond frequented by domesticated Geese and “my Guide” the Avocet or Stilt.
The Gorgeous Deep Purple Flowers contrasting beautifully with the Canary Yellow Stamens belong to the Nighshade Family called Solanaceae.
Local names are extremely descriptive and this wonderous discovery is known as “AgniDamini” ( loosely translated Dazzling like the Flames of a Fire) in Sanskrit, Kantakari ( that which bears Kantas or Thorns) in Hindi and Assamese.
Yellow Fruit Nightshade ( English) or Solanum virginianum L. ( Scientific Name) grows naturally in the wild across India.
The prickly spines are the Natural defense mechanism of these Beautiful flowers .
The English name Yellow berried ( or Fruit) Nightshade is derived from the Spherical Fruit which turn Yellow when they ripen.
I must confess I was so taken up by the Black Winged Stilt and the Deep Aubergine coloured Flowers that I did not even notice the fruits.
Fortunately my camera is more Stoic and it captured these fruits unknowingly while I had zoomed onto the flowers.
Do observe the feathers of the Geese that shed them whilst swimming in the Tiny Pond, also chosen as home by the Bhatkatayia.
Nature, Folkflore and Ayurveda ( school of Indian Traditional Medicine) are intertwined in India.
These Spiny Herbal Plants are part of a Hindu Festival called Goverdhan Puja . ( details of which I will not go into in this blog)
The Yellow Fruit Nightshade Herbal Shrubs are no exception and are extremely useful plants in the school of Ayurvedic medicine.
Different parts of the plant including the Fruits are used to Cure Coughs,Piles, Asthma, Liver and Kidney ailments and works as a Blood Purifier as well.
As the Wild Eggplant belongs to the Nighshade Family, the Solanum xanthocarpum is a rich source of alkaloids.
The yellow berried fruits of these Gorgeously Wild herbs work as a Male Aphrodisiac as well.
Are they not Enchantingly Wild ?