Ophiorrhiza communis is a herbaceous plant, usually either unbranched or almost so, though in strong plants it can be more branched and occasionally creeping; it usually grows up to 30 cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia.
Common and widespread in secondary lowland and hill forest; at elevations from sea-level up to 2,000 metres[
The soft and easily pulped plant is used to make a poultice that is applied to enlarged spleens, or to the chest for treating cough[
The aerial parts yield strictosidinic acid and harman, as well as isomalindine-16-carboxylate[
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