Family: Acanthaceae

Synonym: Ruellia malacosperma Greenm.                         

Bengali/Vernacular name: Malaghanti.

English name: Florida bluebells, Mexican petunia.

Description of the Plant: An erect herb, 30-50 cm tall, pubescent upwards. Leaves 8 x 2 cm, hairy on the veins, lanceolate, narrowed at both ends. Inflorescence in lax axillary cyme, flower violet-blue with pinkish markings inside. Fruit a capsule, clavate, 2-3 cm long; seeds ellipsoid-orbicular, dark brown to black.

Plant parts Used: Leaf, root.

Traditional Uses: Paste prepared from the leaves of the plant is applied to treat insect bites.
Roots and leaves of the plant are used for alleviating urinary retention.

Distribution: This species is found in Dhaka districts.

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