Dianthera pectoralis (Jacq.) J.F.Gmel.
Dianthera pectoralis (Jacq.) Murray
Ecbolium pectorale (Jacq.) Kuntze
Justicia stuebelii Lindau
Leptostachya pectoralis (Jacq.) Nees & Mart.
Psacadocalymma pectorale (Jacq.) Bremek.
Rhytiglossa pectoralis (Jacq.) Nees
Stethoma pectoralis (Jacq.) Raf.
Justicia pectoralis is a perennial plant growing 15 - 200cm tall with weak stems that can be erect to spreading or decumbent and often form roots at their lower nodes[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
S. America - Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean
Sandy soil in apparently undisturbed seasonally dry forest in lowland areas, sometimes growing on rocks by forested streams[
]. A common weed of roadsides and waste places at elevations near sea level[
The plant is sweetly fragrant[
The plant is antiemetic[
]. A decoction is used as a treatment for upset stomach[
]. A tea is used as a treatment for influenza, fever, whooping cough, fits[
]. An infusion is used to treat headaches caused by blows to the head[
]. It is also used in the treatment of haemorrhages[
A decoction of the plant is used as an external bath for a febrifuge[
The macerated leaf is applied externally as a vulnerary in the treatment of haematoma[
]. Used in a pectoral tea or eaten in a toffee to treat coughs and colds[
An infusion of the leaves is used as a hair rinse to treat hair loss[
The plant contains coumarim and umbelliferone[
Division of the rooted stems
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