DESMODIUM HETEROCARPON (L.) A. DC.

Desmodium polycarpum (Poir.) A. DC.
Family: Fabeceae

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Description of the plant:
An erect or suberect undershrub, 0.6-1.5 m high. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate-cuneate, rounded at the apex. Flowers purple, in dense axillary and terminal subsessile racemes, 2.5-7.5 cm long. Pods 12-20 mm long, indented and dehiscing along the lower suture.


DESMODIUM HETEROCARPON
DESMODIUM HETEROCARPON (L.) A. DC.


Using information:
Plant is used in fainting and convulsion. Decoction of the plant is considered tonic and used in coughs (Yusuf et al. 2009).

EtOH (50%) extract of the aerial parts of the plant is spasmogenic (Asolkar et al.,1992). Alcoholic extract showed significant analgesic activity, potentiation of pentobarbitone-induced hypnosis and hypotensive activity (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).

Distribution:
In most of the districts in fallow lands.