Artemisia nilagarica (Clarke) Pamp.

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Flea bane
Synonym: Artemisia vulgaris sensuHook.f.
Common Name: Maasippathri, Makkippoovu, Indian wormwood, Mugwort
Flowering & Fruiting Period: May-December
Distribution: India and South West China
Habitat: Along forest margins
Uses: Leaves used as flavouring agent as either raw or cooked. The leaves are also said to be appetizer, diuretic, haemostatic and stomachic. An infusion of the leaves and flowering tops is used in the treatment of nervous and spasmodic affections, sterility etc. The leaves, placed inside the shoes, are said to be soothing for sore feet. Mugwort is an aggressive and invasive plant,it inhibits the growth of nearby plants by means of root secretions. The fresh or the dried plant repels insects.
Key Characteristics: Perennial fragrant shrubs; stems terete, puberulus. Leaves to 20 x 10 cm; lobes oblong, acute; upper ones entire. Panicle axillary and terminal, leafy. Heads globose; bracts ovate-oblong, softly woolly, ciliate. Female flowers many; corolla 1.5 mm long, white, narrow. Bisexual flowers 4-6; corolla 2.5 mm long, broader, glabrous, connective of anthers mucronate. Achene 1.5 mm long, oblong, glabrous.