Sweet Broom Weed   
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Sweet Broom Weed
Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Sweet Broom Weed, Sweet Broom Wort • Hindi: मीठी पत्ती Mithi patti, घॊड़ा तुलसी Ghoda tulsi • Tamil: Sarakkotthini • Bengali: বন ধনিযা Bon dhonya
Botanical name: Scoparia dulcis    Family: Scrophulariaceae (Dog flower family)

Sweet Broom Weed is a branched herb with wiry stems, growing up to 1 m tall. Narrowly elliptic, almost stalkless leaves are arranged oppositely or in whorls of 3. Leaves are 3-4 X 1-1.5 cm wide, with serrated margins. Small white, hairy flowers occur in leaf axils. The stamens are greenish and the ovary is green. The capsule is nearly round.
Medicinal uses: It is traditionally used in treatment of diabetes, dysentery, earache, fever, gonorrhea, headaches, jaundice, snake bite, stomach problems, toothache, warts.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed in Maharashtra.
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