Kochia scoparia L Schrader
[After Wilhelm Daniel Josef Koch, (1771-1849), German doctor and professor of botany and from Latin, scoparius = broom-like]
Physical description: It is a very dense, cypress-like bush which grows in the geographical zones spanning Central Asia and Japan. The stems are yellowish, glabrous, terete and ribbed. Leaves: simple, spiral, sessile, and without stipules. The blade is linear, glabrous, and small. The margin is entire.
Common names: Summer cypress, fire weed; fireball, Mexican firewood, tifu (Chinese).
The blade shows a single pair of secondary nerves visible from below only. The flowers are small and yellow (Fig. 61).
Uses: In China and Japan, the seeds of Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrader are eaten to promote urination, to invigorate health, and to treat scurvy, impo-tency, gonorrhea and kidney problems. A decoction of Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrader is drunk to counteract putrefaction and to promote urination. The aerial parts are used to treat digestive disorders.
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