Medicinal Plants of Bangladesh
Medicinal Plants Database of Bangladesh includes the authentic Taxonomic Information, Vernacular/Bangla Name, Tribal and English Name, Family, Description and Photograph of the Plants, Chemical Constituents, Uses and Distribution of the species in Bangladesh. MPBD also contain dictionary of Botanical and Pharmacological terms.
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.
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).
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).
Jessore and other western districts.