Herbs & Plants

Itch grass

Botanical Name: Rottboellia exaltata
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Poales
Supertribe: Andropogonodae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Subtribe: Rottboelliinae
Genus: Rottboellia

*Cymbachne Retz.
*Robynsiochloa Jacq.-Fél.
*Stegosia Lour.

Common Names: Itch grass, Bara-swali

Habitat : Rottboellia exaltata is native to African, Asian, and Australian. It grows in the warm-climate countries.

Rottboellia exaltata is an annual grass. The stem rises up to 3 m high, supported below by stilt-roots, the basal sheaths painfully hispid; leaves up to 45 x 2 cm. Racemes 3–15 cm long, glabrous, terminating in a tail of reduced spikelets, gathered into a leafy false panicle. Sessile spikelet oblong-elliptic, pallid; lower glume 3.5–5 mm long. Pedicelled spikelet narrowly ovate, 3–5 mm long, herbaceous, green; pedicel shorter than the internode.


Medicinal Uses: Root paste is applied on the boils for early suppuration by the Lodhas.

Known Hazards: Itchgrass infestations can result in up to 80 percent crop loss, or even abandonment of agricultural lands. Farmers usually regard itchgrass as a troublesome weed.

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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