Family: Asteraceae

Synonym: Elephantopus spicatus Jussieu ex Aublet                      

Bengali/Vernacular name: Kukurgihba.

English name: Dog’s tongue.

Description of the Plant: Herbs up to 40 cm tall. Stems erect, branched, striate, sparsely hirsute or sub-glabrous. Leaves oblong-obovate and 9-14 cm long, with a blunt tip and narrowed base; those of the upper part of the stem are smaller. Flowering heads about 1.5 cm long, without stalks, occurring in clusters of 2-5, borne in the axils of the very much-reduced leaves, and arranged along the few, elongated, spike like branches of the inflorescence. Fruit a cypsela, narrow, 5 mm long, oblong-obovate, 10-ribbed.

Plant parts Used: Leaf, stem.

Traditional Uses: Paste prepared from the leaves and stems of the plant is applied on infected skin twice a day until the eczema is cured.
Fresh juice extracted from the leaves and stems of the plant is applied to the biting place twice a day for the treatment of snake bite.
The plant is used for the treatment of chest pain, fever, cough, eye problem, sprains, pneumonia, and scabies.

Distribution: This species is found in Chittagong, and Dhaka districts.

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