Scientific name: Lindernia rotundifolia (L.) Alston

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Synonym: Gratiola rotundifolia L.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Tan chapra.

English name: Baby’s tears.

Description of the plant: A small, annual herb, up to 30 cm high. Leaves sessile, 5-18 mm long, broadly ovate, base truncate, apex obtuse, glabrous on both surfaces. Flowers solitary in leaf axils, bluish-white. Capsules ovoid-globose.

Lindernia rotundifolia

Plant parts used: Leaf.

Ethnomedicinal uses: A paste is made with leaves of the plant is applied on the boils once a day for seven days to treat boils.

Paste prepared from leaves of the plant is applied on the forehead twice a day for two days to treat headache.

Distribution: The species occurs commonly throughout the country.

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