Burmannia disticha L

[Named after N.L. Burmann, 18th century Dutch botanist and from Greek, di = two and stikhos = line]

Common name: Burmannia.

Uses: In Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, Burmannia disticha L. is used to promote menses.The pharmacological potentials of Burmannia disticha L. and of the genus Burmannia remain unexplored.

Physical description: It is an erect herb which grows to height of 40 cm-50 cm on the dampy roadsides, banks, ditches, dry areas in heath formation and dampy moist ground of Southeast Asia. The scapes are erect from short-leaved basal rosette of approximately 15 linear, 4 cm x 5mm-8cm x 1cm leaves. The inflorescences are terminal cymes. The flowers are violet-blue, 1,5cmx7 mm, considerably thin, tubular and 3-winged (Fig. 419).

5 mm

Fig. 419. Burmannia disticha L. From: KLU 20968. Field collector & botanical identification: Gordon Smith. 13 May 1969. Altitude: 2500'-3900' feet upward, damp roadside banks, Kedah, Malaysia.

5 mm

Fig. 419. Burmannia disticha L. From: KLU 20968. Field collector & botanical identification: Gordon Smith. 13 May 1969. Altitude: 2500'-3900' feet upward, damp roadside banks, Kedah, Malaysia.

Warning: Caution must be taken as the toxic effects of this plant are unknown.

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