Achyranthes lanata L.
Achyranthes villosa Forssk.
Illecebrum lanatum (L.) L.
Aerva lanata is a perennial herb, frequently becoming more or less woody at the base. The stems can be erect to prostrate, sometimes scrambling or climbing into other plants for support; they can be stiff or weak and straggling, growing from 30 - 200cm long[
The plant is gathered from the wild for local medicinal use and the leaves are sometimes used for food. The leaves are often used as food in Sri Lanka, where they are sold in local markets[
Widespread in the tropics and subtropics of Africa through Asia to the Philippines and New Guinea.
Open forest on mountain slopes, on waste and disturbed ground, deserted cultivation and coastal scrub from sea-level to 1,490 metres[
Plants sometimes flower in their first year[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a spinach[
]. Commonly eaten as a vegetable in Sri Lanka[
].The young shoots are used in curries in India, where the leaves are also a famine food[
A decoction (the report does not specify the plant part[
]) is considered to be an efficacious diuretic and is used against catarrh of the bladder and gonorrhoea[
]. It is described as one of the best known remedies for bladder and kidney stones. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend a decoction of the plant to be taken internally for a few days to dissolves the stone and to clear the urinary path[
Leaves are steeped in hot water and applied to swellings[
]. The juice from crushed leaves is applied to the eyes[
The roots are used to treat headache, as demulcent, to cure coughs and as a vermifuge[
]. They are used for treating snakebite and constipation[
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