Autumn crocus is a plant. The seed, bulb, leaves, and flower are used to make medicine. But all parts of the plant are considered toxic.
It is generally found at the height of 2000 to 9000 feet. Its tuberous root is oval in shape and bears a dark brown color. Leaves are 6 to 12 inches in length and 1/3 to ½ inch in length. It is rounded in shape and small when it flowers. Flowers are 1 to 2 inches in length and 1 to 1 ½ inches wide. This plant leaves from late summers to early summers. The flowers are hermaphrodite i.e. possess both male and female parts in the same flower. Fruit is ½ to 1 inch in length and bears seeds. Seeds are 2 to 3 millimeters in diameter and are ovate in shape. These are light brown to white in color and are bitter to taste
- Joint pains.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Liver and spleen related problems.
- Gouty arthritis.
- Blood infection.
- Skin related problems.
It is harmful if taken in high doses as it has narcotic actions and suppresses brain activities. If taken in larger doses it may even cause death.