Leonurus marrubiastrum Burm.f.
Leonurus parviflorus Moench
Leucas bancana Miq.
Leucas indica (L.) Sm.
Leucas indica nagalapuramiana (Chandrab. & S.R.Sriniv.) N.Rama Rao
Leucas lavandulifolia nagalapuramiana Chandrab. & S.R.Sriniv.
Leucas malayana Hance
Leucas walkeri Benth.
Leucasia zeylanica (L.) Raf..
Phlomis gracilis (L.) Salisb.
Phlomis indica L.
Phlomis octodentata Stokes
Phlomis zeylanica L.
Spermacoce denticulata Walp.
Leucas zeylanica is an erect, annual plant with branched stems 20 - 60cm 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, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea
A weed of sunny dry localities, often on sandy soils, paddy dams, waste places, sea shores, roadsides; at elevations from the lowland up to 1,000 metres[
|Pollinators||Bees, Moths, Flies
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Leaves and young plant - cooked and eaten as a pot herb[
]. This, despite the plant having a disagreeable smell and the leaves a bitter flavour[
The leaves ae anthelmintic, diaphoretic, sedative, stimulant and vulnerary[
They are applied topically to heal wounds[
]. The leaves are used as a poultice to treat itch, headaches and vertigo[
The entire plant is rubbed on the abdomen after childbirth[
The sap of the leaves is used for sores of eyes and nostrils. A poultice for scabies, itches, head-aches, vertigo, and colic. Also used as a vermifuge with 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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