Hetrepta lavandulifolia (Sm.) Raf.
Leonurus indicus L.
Leonurus malebaricus J.Koenig ex Rottb.
Leucas brownie Briq.
Leucas indica (L.) Vatke
Leucas linifolia (Roth) Spreng.
Leucas malabarica W.Theob.
Phlomis linifolia Roth
Leucas lavandulifolia is an erect, annual plant with much-branched stems 30 - 80cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is sometimes cultivated in home gardens for use in local medicine and as a pot herb[
E. Asia - China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia to New Guinea.
A weed of open waste places, coconut and other plantations, roadsides, grassland and arable land, fallow land, paddy dams, locally often numerous; at elevations from sea-level to 1,500 metres[
|Pollinators||Bees, Moths, Flies
The plant is becoming a serious weed in sugarcane fields in Malesia[
], and is an occasional weed of cultivated areas, in dryland ricefields, and along roadsides in Fiji[
The whole plant has a foetid smell[
The plant (presumably the leaves[
]) is cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The plant is diaphoretic, stimulant[
]. It is used to heal chronic leg sores, dermatosis, as an anthelminthic for roundworms, and for appeasing affections of the nerves[
]. The juice of the plant is used in the treatment of malarial fever[
The leaves are used as a poultice to treat itch, headaches and vertigo[
]. A poultice is especially applied in veterinary medicine in order to cleanse stinking wounds from fly larvae[
The plant is used as a gargle to remove mucus. A decoction of the leaves is considered a good stomachic, and is applied, internally and externally, to treat colic of children[
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[
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