Sanskrit: Parpata, Parpataka
English: Flat-top mille grains, Old world diamond-flower, Wild chay root
Hindi: Daman pappar, Pitpapra
Malayalam: Parpataka pullu-പരപടകപ്പുല്ല്, Njonganam pullu-ഞൊങ്ങനം പുല്ല്
It is an erect, annual herb, that grows up to 30 cm high. Leaves are arranged oppositely, sessile; stipules small, apex acute, margins re-curved, scabrous, branches angular, tinged purple. Flowers are pale white to greenish, about 0.2 cm long, found in axillary, often solitary; Fruits are capsules, globose, 0.2 cm across, and seeds are pale-brown. Flowers and fruits found during August-November.
Useful plant parts:
To cure wounds due to viper bite, depression, liver disorders, fever, and gastric irritability.
Alternative, febrifuge, Anthelmintic.
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