Desmodium pulchellum (L.) Benth.
Dicerma pulchellum (L.) DC.
Hedysarum pulchellum L.
Meibomia pulchella (L.) Kuntze
Zornia pulchella (L.) Pers.
Phyllodium pulchellum is a perennial plant with slender, branching stems that become more or less woody. It can grow 50 - 250cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
E. Asia - China, Japan, Inian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea, Australia
Wastelands on hills, roadsides, sparse forests on mountain slopes; at elevations from 200 - 2,000 metres[
]. Teak forest, thickets, dry grassy fields, sometimes along watercourses[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria; these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The roots and leaves are used for reducing fever and as an antiphlogistic and diuretic[
A decoction of the roots is used as a post partum protective medicine for mothers; to relieve liver dysfunctions; and also in the treatment of some psychotic symptoms, including delirium, fibrillation and weight loss, believed to be caused by black magic[
The leaves are applied externally to treat pockmarks and ulcers[
The whole plant is used in a post-partum treatment; to treat rheumatic fevers; to cure toothache; to help dissolve internal blood clots; and is also considered a remedy for convulsions in infants[
A decoction of the bark is considered an antidote to poisoning, and is also used in the treatment of haemorrhages, diarrhoea, and to cure eye diseases[
The flowers are used in the treatment of biliousness[
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