Scientific name: Persicaria hydropiper (L.) Delarbre

Family: Polygonaceae

Synonym: Polygonum hydropiper L., Persicaria hydropiper (L.) Spach

Bengali/Vernacular name: Biskatali, Panimarich.

Tribal name: Uak tong (Marma), Bistitli (Hajong).

English name: Water pepper, Pepperwort.

Description of the plant: An annual herb. Stem erect or ascending, glabrous, minutely glandular, 30-60 cm tall. Leaves subsessile, linear-lanceolate, base attenuate, apex acuminate, margin ciliate. Flowers white, small, in rather lax, very slender or filiform racemes which are erect, flexuous, or decurved.

Persicaria hydropiper

Plant parts used: Whole plant (without root).

Medicinal uses: Decoction of the plants is taken for the treatment of liver cancer.

Juice extracted from the plant is applied on the affected area for the treatment of body pain, swelling and fractures.

The crushed plant is applied to stop hemorrhage

Distribution: Throughout the country in wet places.

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