Family: Acanthaceae

Synonym:Justicia pectinata L. 

Bengali/Vernacular name: Pindi, Birlongo park, Punaka pundu.

Tribal name:  Krebuchi (Marma).

English name: Comb rungia.

Description of the plant: A much-branched, very variable herb. Leaves opposite, petiolate, elliptic, elliptic-oblong, ovate, obovate or oblong, base acute or obtuse, rounded at the apex.Flowers in both terminal and axillary spikes, densely-flowered, blue. Fruit a capsule, ovoid.

Plant parts used: Leaf, stem, root.

Herbal uses:Juice extracted from the leaves and stems of the plant is given to children suffering from small pox.

Crushed leaves and stems are applied to relief pain and diminish swelling.

Fresh juice extracted from the roots of the plant is given for the treatment of fever.

Distribution: The species grows in almost parts of the country.

Is this plant misidentified? If yes, please tell us….


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