Houttuynia cordata Thunb.
Family : Saururaceae
Local name : Machenderi (As.)
Aromatic herb with creeping rootstock; stem herbaceous, angular; leaves broad, ovate, reniform-cordate at the base, acute to acuminate, gland dotted, petioles often red; flowers naked, in dense spikes, subtended by four white, petaloid bracts, white; capsules subglobose.
Distribution : Common throughout the state, often grown.
Uses : Whole plant used in flatulence, dysmenorrhoea and dysentery; leaves used in colic and bilous pain, sores and as diuretic.
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