Scientific name: Grangea maderaspatana (L.) Poir.
Synonym: Artemisia maderaspatana L.
Bengali/Vernacular name: Holde-ghas, Nemuti, Namuti (Bengali); Holud butam gas (Noakhali).
Tribal name: Seokley (khumi), Mraa-praw (Rakhaing).
English name: Madras carpet flower, Madras worm-wood.
Description of the plant: A prostrate annual herb, branches spreading from the centre, forming patches 15 to 30 cm wide. Leaves sessile, 2.5-6.3 cm long, sinuately pinnatifid; lobes smaller towards the base. Flowers very small, yellow in globose heads, solitary, on short leaf-opposed peduncles. Fruit a cypsela with short glands and hairs, white.
Plant parts used: Whole plant.
Medicinal uses: Plant juice is taken for the treatment of body pain, rheumatism and piles.
Plant infusion is given for the treatment of hysteria.
The plant is used to treat cancer.
Distribution: It is found all over the country in fallow lands.
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