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: Ban Sarisha.
English Name: Water Cress.
Description of the Plant:
An annual erect herb, 15-45 cm high, branched from the base. Leaves ovate-lanceolate, runcinate-dentate; lower leaves 7.5 cm long, inciso-pinnatifid or lobed at the base; upper leaves dentate above the base, subentire at the apex. Racemes terminal, many-flowered, much elongate; flowers small, yellow. Pods 12-19 mm long, straight or slightly curved.
The plant is considered diuretic, stimulant and antiscorbutic. Seeds are laxative; usefull in asthma, chronic catarrh and pyorrhea (Yusuf et al. 2009).
All over the country in waste lands.