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.
Synonyms: P. simplex Retz.
Tribal name: Sarnapati (Chakma).
Description of the Plant:
A glabrous perennial herb or an undershrub; branches compressed. Leaves distichous, 8-25 mm long, subsessile, from linear to oblong-obovate, elliptic and rounded, obtuse, acute or apiculate. Flowers small, usually solitary, on slender axillary pedicels, often 3-nate, 2 males and 1 female, or more. Capsules minute, depressed globose.
The plant is useful in itch, abscess and gonorrhoea; used for measles and venereal diseases in Khagrachari. Juice of the leaves is used in eye diseases. The fresh leaves, bruished and mixed with butter and milk is used as a wash to cure itch in children. Fresh leaves, flowers and fruit with cumin seed and sugar of equal parts made into an electuary, which is used for the cure of gonorrhoea. Root is useful in mammary abscesses (Yusuf et al. 2009).