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Mithi Patti (Scoparia dulcis Linn.)

Pankaj Oudhia
Society for Parthenium Management (SOPAM)
28-A, Geeta Nagar, Raipur - 492001 India
pankajoudhia@gmail.com
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Scientific Name: Scoparia dulcis Linn.
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Hindi Name: Mithi Patti

General Description: It is introduced in India from Tropical America. It grows as wasteland herb. The traditional healers have developed its many promising traditional medicinal uses.

Botanical Description: it is a small, much branched, glabrous, leafy annual herb or under shrub with erect or ascending branches; Leaves opposite and 3-notely whorled, rhomboid, elliptic or elliptic lanceolate, obtuse at apex, base tapering, margins serrate; Flowers many, in terminal panicles, pedicelate, pedicels slender, rigid; Calyx lobes 4, oblong; Corolla white, tube very short, Capsule globose; seeds minute, many.

Useful parts: All parts.

Medicinal Uses
Leaves are used in treatment of fever, cough, bronchitis and dental trouble.
Leaves and stems are used for diabetes.

Chemical Constituents: A triterpene and mannital have been isolated from roots and dulcitol from aerial parts.

References
Bhandari, M.M. (1990). Flora of the Indian desert. Pbl. MPS Repros, Jodhpur, India : 254.
Singh, U., Wadhwani, A.M. and Johri, B.M. (1996). Dictionary of Economic plants in India. Pbl. ICAR, New Delhi, India : 208.

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