Botanical name : Hemigraphis colorata Blume
Family : Acanthaceae
Rasa : Tikta, Madhura
Guna : Lakhu, Seeta
Virya : Seeta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Malayalam : Murikooti, Muriyan pacha
Distribution – Growing naturally in moist evergreen forests in India, also as a garden plant.
This is a tropical showy species grown in dense evergreen forests. This is a prostrate herb with rooting branches. Leaf opposite, broad, cordate and toothed, 6 to 10 cm long and sparkling silvery violet underneath red purple. Flowers pale white, solitary, terminal or sometimes axillary. Fruits small indehiscent pods, containing numerous small seeds. Reproduction is usually vegetative manner, by stem cuttings.
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, fresh wound, cuts, ulcers, inflammation and in folk medicines, it is used internally for anemia.
Useful part : Leaf, or whole plant.