DIGERA ALTERNIFOLIA Asch.

Digera muricata (L.) Mart., Digera arvensis Forsk., Achyranthes muricata L.
Family: Amaranthaceae

Bengali/vernacular name: Latamouri, Latamahauria, Gungutiya.

Description of the plant:
A slender, annual field weed, 30-60 cm high. Leaves 2-7.5 cm long, ovate or elliptic, acute or rounded at the apex. Flowers rose-coloured, sessile, in threes on lax, axillary, pedunculate spikes, 2.5-12.5 cm long. Fruit 2.5-3 mm diam., globose, somewhat compressed.

Using information:
Plant is cooling, astringent to the bowels in small doses and laxative in large doses; useful in biliousness. Flowers and seeds are useful in urinary discharges (Yusuf et al. 2009).

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


DIGERA ALTERNIFOLIA
DIGERA ALTERNIFOLIA Asch.


Chemical constituents:
Leaves contain lipid and fatty acids, palmitic acid being the major one. The plant also contains α- & β-spinasterol, β-sitosterol and tetracosanoic, stearic, palmitic, octacosanoic and betulinic acids, tinosporin, n-hentriacontane, petulin, ceryl alcohol, rapanone, lupeol, stigmasterol, luteolin, hordenine, ancistrocladine and mannitol (Ghani, 2003).

Distribution:
Jessore and other western districts.