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Ammannia auriculata Willd., Enum. P1. Hort. Berol. 1:7,t.7. 1803. Boiss., l.c. 743; Parsa, l.c. 623; Tackholm, Stud. Fl. Egypt, 210, excluding t. 28.1956; D.A. Webb, l.c. 302; Pol. and Rech. f., l.c. 7.

Vern.: ‘Jangli Mehndi’.

Ammannia auriculata
Illustration

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Ammannia arenaria (Kunth) Koehne
  • Ammannia senegalensis auct. non Lamk. 1791: C.B. Clarke

    Plant 12-40 cm tall, erect or decumbent. Stem usually unbranched. Leaves linear-lanceolate, auriculate, 6-60 mm long, 1.75-8 mm broad. Cymes (1-)2-3(-13) flowered; peduncle (1.5-)2-4(-6) mm long. Pedicel 1-4 mm long. Hypanthium 1.5-3 mm long, 1.25-3.5 mm broad, vertically 8-10-green-ribbed; ribs obscure in fruit. Epicalyx minute. Petals obovate-cuneate or absent. Stamens inserted above the middle of the hypanthium. Ovary 1-2 mm long, 1-2 mm broad; style 1-1.75 mm long. Capsule slightly exceeding the hypanthium, 2-3 mm long, 2-3 mm broad. Seeds discoid.

    Fl. Per.: Aug.-Sept.

    Type: Described from Egypt.

    Distribution: Widely distributed throughout tropical and warm temperate regions.

    Common in rice fields and other wet places from 300-1800 m. The plant is used for raising blisters in rheumatic pains, fevers, etc.


     

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