BORRERIA ARTICULARIS (L. f.) F. N. Will.

B. hispida (L.) Schum., Spermacoce hispida L.
Family:Rubiaceae

Bengali/vernacular name: Madnabata Kadu.
Tribal name: Aistogira (Tipra).

Description of the plant:
BORRERIA ARTICULARIS (L. f.) F. N. Will. is a procumbent herb; stem quadrangular, hirsute, hispid, 15-35 cm long. Leaves subsessile, 1.25-3.7 cm long, oblong or elliptic, often rounded at the tip, scabrid, pubescent. Flower very small, white or bluish, 4-6 in a whorl within the stipular cup.


Borreria Articularis
BORRERIA ARTICULARIS (L. f.) F. N. Will.


Using information:
Plant is used in ophthalmia, inflammation of eye and gums, blindness, earache, fever, spleen complaints, pimples, sores and dysentery. A decoction of the root is used as an alterative. Seeds are used in diarrhoea and dysentery in Khagrachari.

EtOH(50%) extract of plant is diuretic (Asolkar et al., 1992).

Chemical constituents:
Plants contain ß-sitosterol and ursolic acid; and d-mannitol. Seeds contain isorhamnetin (Asolkar et al., 1992).

Distribution:
All over Bangladesh in fallow lands.