Burma Agrimony
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Burma Agrimony
ative Photo: Thingnam Sophia
Common name: Burma Agrimony, Hemp Agrimony • Manipuri: ꯂꯥꯡꯊ꯭ꯔꯩ লাঙথ্ৰৈ Langthrei
Botanical name: Eupatorium cannabinum subsp. cannabinum    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Eupatorium birmannicum, Eupatorium argenteum, Eupatorium trifidum

Eupatorium is a genus of flowering plants, which are herbaceous perennial plants growing to 0.5–3 m tall. Many of them are used in folk medicine, like the famed Communist pacha of Kerala. Burma Agrimony is a herb commonly found in North-East India, particularly Manipur. The stem has a woody base. The species name birmanicum indicates that it was first found in Burma. It has lance-shaped leaves with serrated margins. Flower-heads appear in corymbs at the end of branches. Flowers are quite fragrant, and appear like purplish buds with white threads projecting out. Commonly known in Manipuri as Langthrei it is used as offering to gods.
Medicinal uses: Leaf juice is applied to body in burning sensation. Leaf extract with milk is a remedy for leucorrhea. The extract with honey is given in stomach ulcers.

Identification credit: Thingnam Sophia Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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