ENGLISH NAME : Graceful Pouzolz's Bush
BOTANIC NAME : Pouzolzia zeylanica
Synonym: Pouzolzia indica
HABIT: Seen in open, usually moist grasslands at low and medium altitudes and commonly found as an undergrowth in plantations during rainy season.
PLANT : A perennial herb, stem erect or trailing, grows up to 15-30 cm height.
LEAF : Leaves alternate spiral, shortly petioled, to 3.8 x 2cm, ovate, acute, glabrate.
FLOWER : Minute, in small axillary androgynous clusters.
FRUIT/SEED: Tiny seeds are seen in axillary clusters.
PROPAGATION : By seeds.
FOOD VALUE: Leaves are used as vegetable.
Decoction of leaves is used as Vermifuge ( to expels intestinal worms).
Poultice of the herb is applied to sores, boils and to relieve stomach ache.
Leaf juice is used as galactagogue ( increases secretion of milk).
Applied for dysentery and loose stools of infant.
Applied for gangrenous ulcers, syphilis and gonorrhoea.
It shows that Pouzolzia zeylanica can control blood sugar within a certain desirable range.
Study of ethanol extract of Pouzolzia zeylanica showed very good antifungal qualities.
Recent researches proved good cytotoxic activity of Pouzolzia zeylanica and it shows a potential source for anticancer compounds.
Neyy cheera, Bula (Malayalam),
Kallurukki ( Tamil),
Kalkuri ( Kannada),
Borali bokua (Assamese)