There is some disagreement over the correct name for this species. We are following the treatment in the Flora of China[
], but some other treatments use Boerhavia chinensis (L.) Rottb., as the correct name (treated here as a synonym)
Boerhavia bastica Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.
Boerhavia chinensis (L.) Rottb.
Boerhavia repanda Willd.
Commicarpus repandus (Willd.) Standl.
Valeriana chinensis L.
Common Name: Thazhuthama
Commicarpus chinensis is a spreading, perennial plant with thick-stemmed branches up to 1 metre tall[
]. An erect or rambling, sometimes climbing plant, usually to 1 metre but sometimes reaching 4 metres[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
E. Asia - southern China, Pakistan, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Open places and forests in southern China[
]. The plant is found especially in regions with a distinctly seasonal climate, in dry localities, hedges, brushwood, field margins and monsoon forest, on sandy clay and limestone soils, up to 700 metres[
Leaves and young shoots. They are cut into small pieces and cooked with salt and chilli, and garnished with mustard seeds, curry leaves and onions in oil[
The leaves are crushed and applied to the skin as a remedy for scabies and itching body parts[
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