Lepidagathis trinervis Nees

Family ► Acanthaceae.

Habitat ► North-west Himalayas and Sikkim and from Bihar to central, western and southern India.

Folk ► Safed Raasnaa (Bihar). Hiran-chaaro, Paniru (Gujarat).

Action ► Plant—bitter tonic. Used for rheumatic affections. (Raasnaa is equated with Pluchea lanceolata.)

Related species of Lepidagathis: L. cristata Willd., and L. hamiltoniana Wall. ex Nees. These are used as a bitter tonic in fevers and are applied to itchy affections of the skin. The leaves of L. incurva D. Don, synonymL. hyali-na Nees are chewed to relieve cough.

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