Poduthalai 200gm


Common name: Frog Fruit, Turkey tangle, Creeping Lip Plant, Lippia •

Hindi: Jal buti, Jalpapli

Tamil: Podutalei •

Malayalam: Nirtippali

Telugu: Bokkena

Kannada: Nelahippali


Prostrate herbs, rooting at nodes. Leaves 1-3 x 0.8-1.5 cm, obovate-spathulate or oblanceolate, sometimes elliptic or cuneiform, base cuneate, margin sharply serrate above the middle, apex rounded or obtuse, fleshy, glabrescent to appressed pubescent; petiole to 8 mm long, decurrent. Flowers 5-merous, sessile, aggregated in axillary, globose-capitate or elongate, cylindric, stalked spikes, 1-2.5 cm long when mature and 6-9 mm across; peduncle solitary in eachaxil, 1.5-6 cm long. Bracts small, closely imbricate, obovate. Calyx cupular, aboutequalling the corolla tube, deeply 2-cleft; lobes lanceolate. Corolla pink to white, 2-2.5 mm long, salver-form, 2-lipped, upper lip 2-lobed, emarginate, lower 3-lobed. Stamens 4, included. Drupe c. 2 mm long, enclosing two, 1-celled pyrenes.


Plant decoction is given in uraema. Fresh juice is applied to bleeding gums. Infusion of leaves and tender stalk is given to children in indigestion and to women after delivary.