Common Name: Urinária
Zornia brasiliensis is a decumbent to erect perennial plant that becomes more or less woody near the base and persists; it can grow up to 50cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
S. America - northeast Brazil, Venezuela
In fields and along streams[
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 whole plant is diuretic. It is used to treat disorders of the urinary system, and is also used in the treatment of venereal diseases - a handful of the plant in decoction in a litre of water is drunk instead of water until the symptoms disappear[
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