Achyranthes sanguinolenta L.
Achyranthes scandens Roxb.
Aerva scandens (Roxb.) Moq.
Aerva timorensis Moq.
Aerva velutina Moq.
Aerva sanguinolenta is an erect or clambering herb with stems that are branched from the base and sometimes also from above. It can grow 40 - 200cm tall, the stems often becoming woody near the base[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental, especially the form with a purplish tinge[
E. Asia - southern China, Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam. Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Locally common in abandoned fields, brushwood and hedges, at elevations up to 200 metres in Java but ascending to 2,000 metres in Indo-China[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A decoction of the young branches is used internally in the treatment of conditions such as haematuria and irregular or painful menstruation[
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