Botanical name: Phyla nodiflora Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Synonyms: Lippia nodiflora, Verbena nodiflora, Platonia nodiflora
Frog Fruit is a flowering, broadleaf plant native to South America. It is grows in a groundcover or turflike manner, and is often present in yards. The inflorescence consists of a purple-coloured centre encircled by small white-to-pink flowers. The flower takes on a match-like look, which is why the plant is called matchweed. The leaf arrangement is opposite. Each leaf has one to seven teeth on each edge starting at the widest point and continuing to the tip. Frog Fruit is native to the whole of Africa, temperate and tropical Asia, Australasia, Europe and tropical America. In India, it occurs in almost all states at lower altitudes. It is also found in the Himalayas, from Kumaun to Nepal and NE India, at altitudes of 600-1400 m.
Medicinal uses: Plant decoction is given in uraema. Fresh juice is applied to bleeding gums. Infusion of leaves and tender stalk is given to children in indigestion and to women after delivary.
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