Family: Lythraceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Dadmari, Jangli Mendi, Ban Marach.

English Name: Blistering Ammania.

Description of the Plant:

An erect or suberect herb, 15-20 cm high, sometimes more. Leaves oblong or narrow-elliptic, usually opposite, cauline ones opposite or alternate, 2.5-6.2 cm long. Flowers small, in dense axillary clusters or loose, but short cymes.

Using Information:

The leaves are appetizer, laxative and stomachic; used in strangury, cause biliousness. The juice causes ulcers and blebs; they are used universally by the natives to raise blisters in rheumatic pains. The plant is administered, fresh or dried in decoction with ginger and Cyperus root for intermittent fever. Also used in ringworm and parasitic skin diseases as rubefacient.

Plant extract possesses antibacterial properties (Asolkar et al., 1992).

ammannia baccifera

Chemcial Constituents:

Leaves contain an acrid principle, resin, glucose and lawsone (Ghani, 2003).


A common weed of wet places, throughout the country.