Ammannia baccifera L.
Ammannia attenuata Hochst. & A. Rich.
Dadmari (Bengali), Jangli Mendi (Bengali), Ban Marach (Bengali); Blistering Ammania (English)
A common weed of wet places, throughout the country.
Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Philippines, etc.), America and Africa. In the Mediterranean region it is present in Egypt and reaches its northwestern distribution limit in Turkey, Israel, and Palestine. It is naturalized in Spain.
Botanical Description 9
Leaves oblong or narrow-elliptic, usually opposite, cauline ones opposite or alternate, 2.5-6.2 cm long. An erect or suberect herb, 15-20 cm high, sometimes more. Flowers small, in dense axillary clus
Common Ethnobotanical Use 10
The leaves of Ammannia baccifera L are appetizer, laxative and stomachic; used in strangury, cause biliousness. The juice causes ulcers and blebs; they are used universally by the natives to raise blisters in rheumatic pains. The plant is administered, fresh or dried in decoction with ginger and Cyperus root for intermittent fever. Also used in ringworm and parasitic skin diseases as rubefacient.
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