Leucas dimidiata (Roth) Spreng.
Leucas dimidiata Benth.
Leucas minahassae Koord.
Leucas obliqua Buch.-Ham. ex Dillwyn
Leucas plukenetii (Roth) Spreng.
Phlomis aspera Willd.
Phlomis dimidiata Roth
Phlomis esculenta Roxb.
Phlomis obliqua Buch.-Ham. ex Hook.f.
Phlomis plukenetii Roth
Leucas aspera is an erect, annual plant with a much-branched stem 30 - 60cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use, primarily as a medicine, but also as a food and insect repellent. It is sometimes cultivated in home gardens for use in local medicine and as a pot herb[
Africa - Mauritius; E. Asia - China, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea
Found in various habitats, from seasonal to perhumid areas, mostly grassy plains, as a weed in arable crops, open dry sandy soils, waste places, teak forest, railway embankments, dunes, locally often common; at elevations up to 500 metres[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Pollinators||Bees, Moths, Flies
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Found wild mainly in sunny positions and in a range of soils, especially sandy and well-drained. The plant shows a high tolerance to copper and zinc concentrations in polluted soil[
The plant is often found as a weed in sunflower and rice crops in India[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a pot herb[
Eating the plant (as a pot herb) is believed to increase resistance to disease[
The leaf sap is used to treat sores of the eyes and nose[
The juice of the plant is used in the treatment of fevers, coughs and colds[
The bruised leaves are considered to be active against bites of poisonous insects and snakes[
The crushed plant is applied hot as a poultice on to wounds, sores[
In general, the crushed leaves of Leucas species are applied to wounds, sores, especially those of the eyes and nose, chronic skin diseases, such as psoriasis and scabies. The crushed leaves are also used to treat mild fevers, colds, rheumatism and snake bites, and as a decoction against roundworm, mainly for children[
The smoke of dried leaves is used as an insecticide and repellent[
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