Boerhavia diffusa L. var. gymnocarpa Heimerl
Boerhavia diffusa L. var. pseudotetrandra Heimerl
Boerhavia diffusa L. var. sandwicensis Heimerl
Boerhavia diffusa L. var. tetrandra (G. Forst.) Heimerl
Family: Nyctaginaceae - Four o'clock family
Growth Habit: Herb
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Punarnava, Gandhapurna, Shetapurna.
Tribal Name: Perunoa (Rakhaing).
Herbs, shrubs, trees, or sometimes spiny vines. Leaves opposite, alternate, or whorled. Stipules absent, petiole usually present, well defined, leaf blade simple, herbaceous or slightly fleshy, margin entire. Inflorescences mostly terminal, less often axillary, of cymes, umbels, or verticils. Flowers bisexual, rarely unisexual or polygamous, actinomorphic, Fruit an achenelike anthocarp enclosed by persistent perianth, ribbed or winged, often glandular.
Juice prepared from boiled leaf, taken as much as patient can, twice daily until cured for the treatment of swelling of hand and leg and splenomegaly in children (Rakhaing).
All over Bangladesh in fallow lands.
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