Zornia angustifolia Sm.
Zornia graminea Span.
Zornia gibbosa is a much-branched, prostrate to ascending annual to perennial plamt usually growing from a slender rootstock but sometimes from a thick tuber; the stems can be up to 50cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
E. Asia - Pakistan, India, Nepal, southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, northern Australia
Sandy places and flood plains; at elevations from 100 - 1,200 metres[
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 plant is antiinflammatory and astringent. It is used in the treatment of inflammations and dysentery[
The roots are used as a soporific given to children[
An alcohol extract of the aerial parts of the plant have been shown to have an effective antiinflammatory activity[
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