Scientific name: Ludwigia hyssopifolia (G.Don) Exell
Synonym: Jussiaea hyssopifolia G.Don
Bengali/Vernacular name: Zaikura, Panilong.
Tribal name: Gangchuma (Chakma), Naikrang (Marma).
English name: Seedbox.
Description of the plant: An erect, branched herb, up to 3 m tall, stem angled. Leaves simple, alternate, linear to lanceolate, narrowly cuneate at the base, apex acuminate. Flowers yellow, axillary, solitary, petals 4, free. Capsule linear, 12-25 mm long.
Plant parts used: Leaf, flower.
Ethnomedicinal uses: A fresh juice is extracted from the flowers of the plant is taken twice a day (5 ml amount each time) for two days to treat stomachache.
Pea-sized pills are made from the leaves of the plant are advised to take with a little amount of honey for the treatment of gynecological disorder.
A fresh juice is extracted from the leaves of the plant are given for the treatment of hysteria.
Extracted juice is used for the treatment of tetanus.
Distribution: The species commonly occurs throughout the country as weed.
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