Family: Lythraceae

Synonym:Parsonsia hyssopifolia (Kunth) Standl.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Kuphea.

English name: False heather, Elphin plant.

Description of the plant: A small evergreen much-branched subshrub growing to 1.5 m. Stems semi-woody, slender and crooked. Leaves green, opposite, stalkless and numerous on the branches, narrow-lanceolate, up to 1.5 cm long.Flowers small, purplish violet to light purple with green calyx.

Plant parts used: Leaf, stem.

Herbal uses: A paste made with the leaves and stems of the plant is applied to tumour once a day until the disease is cured.

The plant is used for treating dermatitis, stomach disorder, syphilis, gonorrhoea, and cancer.

Distribution: It is found throughout the country.

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