An annual, hairy herb, 30 to 60 cm in
height. Leaves are oblong, 2.5 to 7.5 cm long, stalkless or short-stalked,
and acute of blunt at the tip. Flowers are small, borne in whorls or
hairy spikes. Calyx is 5 to 7 mm long, with triangular teeth, enlarging
to a fruit. Corolla is pink, with slender tube and hairy lobes. Nutlets
are ellipsoid and smooth.
Abundant in open, wet places at low and
Used in children, for
simple stomach problems as pains and flatulence. The plant is pounded,
alone or poulticed with lime, and applied to the abdomen.
Poultice is also used for parasitism, kidney ailments, sorethroat, headache,
stomach pains and diarrhea.
In Java, leaves reportedly used for stomach problems.
In Bangladesh, used for stomach pains as
warm leaf poultice; and as leaf juice in tetanus, as blood purifier, and for helminthiasis
• Biologic Activity: In a screening of Indian plants for biologic activity, M auricularis showed diuretic activity.